2: Geosynchron is the final volume in David Louis Edelman's Jump 225 Trilogy, and it's out in February. Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is holding a contest to win the whole trilogy. Long time readers will remember me ranting about the previous volumes, Infoquake and Multireal, business thrillers set in a future that's simply more history piled on top of now, with no great catastrophe between now and then, but without that future being just now with more stuff. It's a feat, showing your working when it comes to futurology, that very little SF even attempts without the aid of an armageddon reset button. Plus, these are tense, gripping books where sales charts, hostile takeovers and clever tricks are life and death. Also, the life described reminds me hugely of convention life: using social skills to make a living, personality as credit, everything fuelled by coffee and beer. I can't wait. You'll probably find me leafing swiftly through it over breakfast when I'm over in L.A..
I checked out an episode of Follyfoot at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford, and amazingly, it still stood up, full of passion, injustice and youthful anger, salved only by the company of horses. The titles actually play up the twee and duck the grim. This is going to be a bit of a recurring feature, which will aim to hit my generation between the eyes with title sequences from stuff that's embedded right at the beginnings of their consciousness. I won't be responsible for any lawsuits about unearthed traumas involving rusks.