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Newtons Sleep download

Just a quickie – Random Static have a free download of Newtons Sleep by Daniel O’Mahony on their website. I’ve had it downloaded for a few weeks however real paper books always seem to take precedence.


February 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Sufficiently Advanced?

A month or so ago the role-playing game Sufficiently Advanced moved to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial licence which means that it is free to download (although printed versions are still available through lulu).

The game itself is set sometime far into the future. The players are agents of the Patent Office, and inter-governmental organisation run by transcendent AIs. Apparently the players work to keep the peace between the many human civilizations spread across our universe and stop the development and use of dangerous technology.

If you want to download the rules you can do so from here.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Games, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Javascript Prototype and Namespace stuff

Via Ajaxian there has previously been talk about Javascript inheritance performance. Now Ben Gerrissen asks the right question “Why is everyone trying to superimpose Classical OO on Prototypical OO” – and has developed a library to help with prototypical OO. After a brief flirtation with a bad name (one that was already used for a high profile javascript library) his work is now visible on his blog under the name JSoo.

Also on Ajaxian there is a post about Maxime Bouroumeau-Fuseau’s namspace.js library which looks interesting.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

SF on BBC Radio

As has widely been blogged (but that doesn’t stop me doing it as well) Auntie are running a Science Fiction Drama series with shows on three of their stations.

The highlight, at least for me, is The State of the Art based on the story by Iain M. Banks. It was dramatised by Paul Cornell and as I was at NewCon 4 in Northampton last year, at which both Paul and Iain were guests, I heard a excerpt (on one of the panels) that left me hungry for more.

Bring Me The Head of Philip K Dick also sounds like it is going to be an interesting original radio-play.

BBC 7 are re-broadcasting the dramatisation of The Brightonomicon – which is nice because I missed some of it before.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Science Fiction | Leave a comment