But Paddy is undead, after all, and zombies cannot be denied. So, if you dare, leap below the fold to read Paddy's earnest entreaty for advice about how to proceed with johnny's latest project, Creation Science, "a geekoid novel for smart people". He & I would appreciate your insights. BONUS: if you click on that link you can see a little video of me in all my bald glory, chanelling Ben Stein, droning in my New Jersey accent.
You know those cheesy scifi conventions where people dress up as Klingons to stand in line for overpriced autographs from C-list has-been actors? Well, I've never been to one despite the fact that I'm a big nerd (and despite writing a story on the subject).
But this weekend I will not only be attending a scifi convention, I'll be an exhibitor. No, really.
About half-way between Frankfurt and Cologne, on the Rhine, there is the
city of Koblenz. Castellum apud
Confluentes, the place where the rivers Rhine and Mosel meet. In 1812,
Coblence was a garrison town on the eastern border of Napoleon's empire.
Near the triangular wedge of land between the rivers, a short walk up the
Mosel side, you'll find yourself on the square in front of St. Castor
basilica. On the square there is a fountain, erected in 1812, that
looks like a monument's pedestal whose statue has gone missing. It has two
inscriptions in French. In the original one from 1812, the French commander
of the city honours the victorious march of the glorious Grande Armée into
Russia. The second inscription was added by his successor St. Priest in 1814: "Seen and approved by us,
Russian commander of the city of Koblenz".
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Inside: Pynchon, Pelevin, König,
Adrian Hellwig has undertaken a difficult task for all historians; writing a gripping narrative that is truthful to history, its subject; as well as incorporating and addressing the myths and controversies around that subject that have built up over time. Not an easy task but one that Adrian has done well in his book on Australian ace Stan Dallas; Australian Hawk Over The Western Front.
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