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The new president of the USA

Keep cool. Not that long ago, US-Amerika had elected a "reborn" ex-alcoholic who waged wars which boosted crisis in parts of the world to blast furnaces – which keep going and spreading until today. A person who, together with his junta, tried to make torture (please imagine a moment what that means) a legitimate and moral tool in "western democracies". Who imprisoned people without charge like one is forbidden to keep cattle, some of whom are under lock and key for over ten years now. There is hardly something worse to happen. And the alternative today was probably not that much better.

It is just a shame that this must happen after the election of such a hope-inspiring positive figure like Obama. Oh, USA.

Stephen Donaldson's Gap-Series: A great theatre of personalities

01Literarisches: Bücher et al.

StephenStephen Donaldson: The Gap series Donaldson has become popular with his strange novels about Thomas Covenant, a man who has Leprosis yet earns power by some kind of magical ring—which burns him up when he uses it. With the Gap series, Donaldson delved into Science fiction. Yet the five novels are not set in the visionary style Science fiction that, for example, Stanislav Lem excelled in—or, to quote more recent authors, Stephen Baxter or even Andreas Eschbach with "Quest".

In this respect, there is not much to see. Donaldson creates a handy pocket universe with a need-to-know level of technology. Gap is the hyperspace jumping ability, tech standards resemble today followed up just a bit into the future. Armaments range from matter cannon and super-light proton cannon [sic] to singularity mines and torpedoes, without much further elaboration. The one alien species is well chosen and characterized yet not specifically visionary. Taking all together, Donaldson invents a setting that just fits his needs for a good stage. This is indeed what the Science fiction aspect is all about in the Gap series: It is "just" the stage for the play.

The really important thing for Donaldson are the characters. Here he excels greatly, overshadowing other science fiction writers, including the above named, with ease. As with Covenant, we, again, meet persons who wield extreme power, yet are constricted by both physical as psychical restraints that torture them to the extreme. At the same time, Donaldson manages to create factions on all sides with inner conflicts that make snake pits look like a sunny holiday beach. Those who are on the same side quarrel with each other, up to the point of wanting to kill each other any minute yet can't do so: The focus lies on the interpersonal relationship between people who absolutely loathe, rape and torture each other to no ends, while at the same time being bound to rely on, support and rescue each other. Even those who are innocent are laden with guilt, unable to free themselves from the bonds that hold them. And so even the most vicious, ruthless, hateful, almost purely evil and combat-wise near-almighty character Angus Thermopyle does not only have the guts to claim that his victims have earned no right whatsoever to judge him, but is supported in his claim by his victims themselves.

At the same time, the protagonists remain real—when Ensign Morn Hyland claims command of a ship of battle, she soon hits her limits since she might have an incredibly strong will yet lacks experience in command itself. Her strong counterpart remains strong accepting defeat, thus showing that this counterpart is not just an artificially strong "fight to the death" personality but can indeed stand up for it.

Donaldson brakes and turns his characters with such force and at such a high frequency that it really hurts reading, pushing each one of them to their extremes, questioning everything one might take for being just. He presents a near-unequalled brilliance in this respect, a fury of emotions clashing with reason, humanism and raison d’État. While he also uses plots and schemes as some kind of tool (a bit like the stage itself), his focus lies clearly on the torn protagonists themselves with their aims, feelings, and bonds. Great reading. And what are novels about, if not about human relations, strange ways of thinking and characters?

On a side note, I hit that was Swedish, sorry found the complete Gap series in an "open library" at a bathing place in Sweden: Take it and leave other books ins return. (Oh, and if anyone thinks "oh those are old books, why bother", then one has really no idea whatsoever about literature.)

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Jugger bei Perry Rhodan

01Literarisches: Bücher et al. 05 Jugger Titel. (c) Pabel Moewig 2016.Kurz wurde es bereits in den alten Uhus *finest-assorted* Weblog Droppings erwähnt: JuggerYoutube link ist in "Perry Rhodan" aufgetaucht, in der ältesten Science-Fiction-Heftromanserie Deutschlands; 1961 startete sie und erzählt seither erfolgreich von der fernen Zukunft. Und zwar handelt die STELLARIS-Kurzgeschichte Nr. 54 von Heft 2870 "Die Eiris-Kehre" von einem sonderbaren Passagier, der nicht nur der stellvertretenden Kommandantin den Kopf verdreht, sondern auch den merkwürdigen Sport "Kedälium" mit an Bord bringt ... leicht angepasst an die technischen Möglichkeiten der Zukunft.
Wenn auch der Gedanke an Jugger in Kontaktanzügen mehr als gewöhnungsbedürftig ist, in dieser Form würde das Spiel Spaß machen. Viel bunter Funkenregen. Und verzählen könnte man sich auch nicht mehr ...

Ein kleines Rätsel für die Kniffelfreudigen: der Name des Sports bei Perry Rhodan ist nicht willkürlich verschrieben. Was kann der Dreh dabei gewesen sein sein, ihn so zu schreiben?




Wie dem auch sei, die Arbeit an der Kurzgeschichte hat großen Spaß gemacht!

Titelbild © Pabel Moewig Verlag KG, 2016
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Uhus Jugger-Grafik als Tattoo

02 Grafik, Design, Illustration05 Jugger Jugger-AufbüglerDas ist doch mal etwas Besonderes: Eines der kleinen Spielerpositionssymbole, die ich vor vielen Jahren für Jugger gemacht habe – eigentlich für Aufbügler auf Trikots – hat es als Tattoo auf Haut geschafftfacebook link! Der Uhu ist erfreut.

EN—Now this is special: One of my designs for Jugger patches has made it on flesh—as a tattoo. Really impressive!

Uhus Jugger graphics as tattoo

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Indianer-Leben: Guter Druck

01Literarisches: Bücher et al. Indianer-Leben. Eine WerkstattGerade ist das Belegexemplar von "Indianer-Leben. Eine Werkstatt" eingetroffen. Der Druck ist erfreulich gut, das Papier in einem schönen cremeweißen Ton gehalten. Sowohl die Linienzeichnungen, als auch der Farbdruck überzeugen. Die Ringheftung wurde bewusst gewählt, um die Kopiervorlagen auch gut kopieren zu können; der beidseitige Druck, um den Preis günstig zu halten. Selbiges gilt für die Auswahl der Seiten mit Farbdruck.
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Indianer-Leben. Eine Werkstatt

Indianer-Leben. Eine Werkstatt

Indianer-Leben. Eine Werkstatt