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Christopher Stasheff was a north-American fantasy and science fiction author - one of the pioneers of the "science fantasy", genre that mix technology and magic - born on January 15th, 1944 and died on June 10th, 2018, due to related complications with Parkinson's disease. He received his doctorate in Theater and taught "radio and television" at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. After retiring in 2009, he moved to Champaign, Illinois. He was so loved as a teacher that, decades after retiring, his former students raised money to name the new video control room with his name.

 
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His writing well resembles that of authors like Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks or J.R.R. Tolkien. He published 44 novels, 29 tales and edited 7 anthologies.
As a thespian, he wrote and directed several plays until getting his PhD in theater, although he was best known as an actor in community theater and as a director of radio plays and school plays. He also continued trying to pre-script his own life. He is commonly remembered by those closest to him as a gentle, helpful man with witty wit, always with terrible puns.





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Two of his books had their cover art in the service of Peter Andrew Jones.
For King Kobold, PAJ innovates by shifting space across the high seas, putting a futuristic ship in a dangerous situation (tsunami), demonstrating that even high technology cannot overcome the force of nature, which even predictable remains constant throughout the ages. It makes his cover art consistent with the book’s plot. The story of King Kobold is set in the 31st century on Gramarye - a planet where people live in the medieval British style, yet still chasing witches and sorcerers.




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In The Warlock in Spite of Himself’s cover art the reader behaves as a possible helper of the kneeling victim and his/her impending confrontation with the bloodthirsty ogre (considering the liquid overflowing from his threatening mouth). The metaphor of the brute giant that represents the danger here is not a clich, as it goes beyond that: Rod (the narrative’s protagonist) must deal not only with fighting but also escape, betrayal, politics and many other harmful and fulminating surprises, which together may even be larger than the green monster, centered on painting. Although he is not standing, he grips the weapon with conviction and sees as an obstacle as if his enemy had no advantage over him. The shield behind his body seemed to be mere precaution, but his left arm tries to catch it as the giant approaches, demonstrating that, despite his reliance on confrontation, all care is not enough for such a hard match.

What lesson do we draw from this? Tsunamis of distraction or corpulent bureaucracies cannot stop our beloved artist.

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"MIDNIGHT IN THE STUDIO"

The typical studio day is 13 hours.

But - sometimes even that is not enough!

Sometimes, to prepare for the following day's activities, is stretcheeeeeeees!

 
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Catapult Sweetie shot into the garden one morning, as the tide of tiredness swept the night creatures to their beds.

The Elves, Imps and Pixies would take a wee while to get to grips with their rise and shine.

The Flower Faeries had decided this morning - apropos of the Unicorn - to wash, brush and groom him but omit their usual decorative finale.

The short-sighted Ogre didn’t see him, being used to seeing flashes and sparkles, and knocked into him clumsily as he munched upon the grass.

The Goblin, the Gremlin and the Witch, each with a magick wands, were acting as a mini consortium of spell makers.

The Wizard watched them closely from his home on a cloud and, from to time, interrupted
to say, “Your approach is wrong!”

So unhelpful.

Catapult Sweetie sped faster, through wood, through kitchen garden and into the house.

He rolled down the staircase into the basement.

Reestablishing his footing, he shook his grey magenta feathers and rattled his ginger coloured beak.

Standing transfixed, his wide green mint eyes staring, he wondered where, on earth, he
he had got to....

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SIMULACRA" - The Card Game

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"The Dragon's Stones".


tanta humildade nesse jogo que o nosso drago no possui tesouros, s pedras.

There is so much humility in this game that our dragon has no treasures, only stones.


 
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A didi space craft landed upon the lawn, churning up the wet, muddy soil and burning the dewy grass.

The door of the spacecraft slid open and from its interior issued forth tiny aliens.
They stood no taller than new cut grass or, at best, daisies.

I was abed at the time, but the Witch filled me in, on what took place when they met face to face with the garden residents.

The Goblin and the Gremlin approached them, extended greetings, the Ogre was eating breakfast and ignored them.

The Flower Faeries were grooming the Unicorn, but, the Elves, Imps and Pixies went forward to enter the craft.

The aliens, their rabbit-like ears all a’ quiver, froze in their tracks and looked daggers.

They reached down and withdrew strangely shaped ray guns from their multi pocketed belts.

The Elves, determined to enter, pushed them aside.
The Imps and Pixies remained where they stood.

The Witch continued with her morning’s spell-making, though she kept a watchful eye upon the doings of the single-minded Elves.

The Wizard hove into view, swept into land and that was that for the Elves.

He stormed at their conduct and threatened retribution, if they didn’t cease.
His advice was a sharp, “ Begone this instant.
Vanish....”

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"JUST UP THE ROAD"

Decided to mount a local exhibition.

This train/machine . . . is called a "Tamper".

Seen at Shrewsbury railway station.

"A tamping machine or ballast tamper is a machine used to pack the track ballast under railway tracks to make the tracks more durable. Prior to the introduction of mechanical tampers, this task was done by manual labour with the help of beaters. (Wikipedia).

 
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The Flower Faeries were a trifle under the weather because, apart from the winter Flower Faeries, not busy enough to feel relaxed or contented.

The Goblin and the Gremlin had been reading a new publication titled, “What the future looks like.”

They had read the book between them and. now wanted to discuss, its subject matter with someone else - soon.

They were presently promenading around the edge of the garden, debating the possible decline and fall of the mythical, magickal, world of Fantasy Land.

The Unicorn had set down, shaken out his wide spanning wings and was settling quietly to munch grass and damp hay.

He would, today, be washed, brushed and groomed, but, demand that he be dressed to the nines.

The Witch was experiencing an up down mood and, forsooth, the Elves, Imps and Pixies must take heed, I thought.

The Ogre was snugly asleep on the grass of the warm, dry floor of a woodland glade.

The Weasel, Stoat and Mole were headed for a swim in the lake, after which, they’d catch the train to visit friends to take tea on the lawns of a ducal estate near the sea.

The Frog, Toad and Water Rat were tired, nay, exhausted, having swum too fast round the garden pond, for too long and at much too early an hour.

The Cook issued forth from her kitchen to empty a large can of dirty water.
She did not notice that the Elfin knife grinder was sharpening our household knives.

He was soaked to the skin and his knife sharpening machine spluttered and ground to a halt.

The Wizard was, providentially, flying down from his cloud home and the knife sharpening machine was repaired - Pronto, quick....

What a sigh of relief!!

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"LEAVING HOME"

Shipping to a collector shortly.

 
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The Wizard had travelled to each one of the planets, to the moon and to Universes and galaxies beyond these of which we are a part.

He had once made an attempt to reach the sun, but the intense heat of its rays beat him back to planet Earth.

The Witch had accompanied him when the casting of spells and the preparation of magick potions permitted.

The residents of the garden had all, more or less, visited the moon and the odd planet.

The Elves, Imps and Pixies had found themselves barred, so damaged had been the interior of the Mars-bound spacecraft they had, long ago, loaned.

In verity, the Flower Faeries preferred wind, rain and warm sunshine, but had, indeed, visited all the planets and spent a short break on the moon.

What seemed a jillion years ago, I’d received an open invitation to traverse our Universe and the multifarious others beyond.

Sfortunatamente, my workload had stood in the way, so t’was an adventure that I must look forward to sometime, whenever....
 

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"Last Orders"

Final shipping of this quarter's magazine underway.

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“A Paradise Ant?
Now, what is that?”
the garden residents asked of the Witch.

“Its looks will depend upon the weather and the mood it happens to be in,” she replied.

The Paradise Ant, Hubert Anthony by name, arrived with portmanteau upon its back.

Paradise Ant was a “he” and a poppet, good natured and inclined to be naughty.

The Witch gave him shelter, food and drink and encouraged him to clean his teeth daily.

The Elves teased him and endeavoured to unsettle him and the Goblin and Gremlin to find a way to communicate in sync with his own.

The Flower Faeries mollycoddled him, with the Weasel, Stoat and Mole he couldn’t be bothered.

The Frog, Toad and Water Rat perplexed him.
The Owl proved a hard nut to crack.

He could not get his head around water or swimming, hopping or croaking or hooting?!

The Wizard was simpatico, had given him a ride on his exciting magickal, flying
carpet.

The Wizard’s forgetful friend, he found easy to needle and from day one, proceeded to do so.

The Ogre was too large to be safe near, but finally, he did enjoy the company of the Ghosts and Spectres.

So, all in all there were kein problems for him....

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Echelon is a flight simulation game set in science fiction. It was released in 1987 for Commodore 64 and in 1988 for Amstrad CPC, Apple II, MS-DOS and ZX Spectrum. A version forAmiga was announced, but never released.

The game is set on Isis, the tenth planet of the solar system discovered in 1996. At the end of the 21st century, a group of space pirates established a base on this planet, obtaining an unknown position and a system of concealment that makes it invisible to the sensors. The player is a solitary pilot of a C-104 aircraft Tomahawk that must patrol an area of this planet, retrieve objects and information that will help him to trace its base and discover any news about the pirates. The player will realize that piloting this spaceship is a complex task.

External landscapes are shown in the first person view through vector graphics, while at the bottom the player can see the aircraft’s control panel. He/she can select three main modes of play: scientist (only territorial exploration, without any confrontation), patrol (exploration with occasional enemy presence) or military (frequent combats with the enemy).

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The game begins at high altitude in the hangar of the player's orbital base, where he/she can return for repairs and supplies. The view can be moved to six different angles and various zoom levels. The on-board computer provides options, information and displays territory maps. Combat can take place against land or enemy aircraft installations, with three types of long range weapons and the protection of an energy shield.

In order to observe closely the structures in the ground it is possible to launch an RPV, a guided exploratory vehicle that the player can control in a similar way to the main spaceship, alternating as he/she wants the control from one to the other. A teleportation system allows retrieving the RPV or objects found on the ground. If the player manages to collect 240 lanes left by the pirates, he/she can reconstruct the maps that allow him/her to complete the game.
In addition to directional controls, dozens of buttons are required for this game. The original edition of the Commodore 64 includes a special device called LipStik, which consists of audio headphones with an integrated microphone that can be connected to a joystick output, allowing the player to use a voice command to record.


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Echelon got good reviews in magazines such as 64'er, Zzap !, Happy Computer, The Games Machine (UK), Aktueller Software Markt (ASM), Computer Gaming World (CGW), Games Machine, New Computer Express , Crash, Your Sinclair, which describe it as a well-designed, complex and challenging game. We can imagine it as a more complex version of the Starglider game.

This game also received previews in magazines such as Computer & Video Games, Crash, Sinclair User, MicroHobby and published advertisements on Crash, Computer & Video Games, ACE, You Sinclair and Games Machine magazines.

A problem highlighted in this game is the slow running on 8-bit computers at that time, but it is possible to turn off some graphics to slightly improve its performance.

















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Peter Andrew Jones was responsible for its cover art. The spacecraft, the central figure of the artwork, has the metallic blue that shines thanks to the propulsion generating light and heat in the vertical take-off process, a technique also used in the covers of Badlands, Cytron and Last Duel, for example. This unique source of luminosity on an inhospitable earth (possibly the planet Isis) reveals the sharp plantation around it and small canyons in the background, very PAJ’s characteristic traits that can be seen in other artistic covers of computer games of that time of his authorship, as Knights of Crystallion and The Kristal, just to name a few.

The great highlight is the consistency created between game and cover: just as Echelon has visionary character, very advanced for his own time, Jones weaves rich details to the spaceship anticipating to the players that the task of piloting a C-104 Tomahawk will not be an easy task - just as his art composition should not have been, too!

Piloting a spacecraft, therefore, closely resembles the creative process of the artist: not only fun, but attention, patience and the use of correct strategy are prerequisites for any great mission to be fulfilled, whether to discover an enemy base or create a striking art to the connoisseur. If he were a pilot, PAJ would certainly create spaces in his military uniform to further increase his artistic decorations’s collection.















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Realms Card - newly created.

The River Bank".


No pense que esse lugar pra fim-de-semana tranquilo..

 
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I had organised a building company to renovate the cellars.

To leave them as constructed, but renovate where required.

The Cook was worried about the dust and debris, being loath to keep the kitchen door closed tight tight.

(It was most fortunate that this house still retained its dumb waiter).

My sister had assured me that her Christmas had been “flat.”

Although she preferred living on her own when at work, but not for main holidays when the shops were closed.

She had arrived in her usual grand style to celebrate the New Year,

bringing suitcases crammed full of clothes, of shoes, boots and slippers, of magazines, of books, of beauty products and so on.

I saw nothing in the way of gifts for the staff.

After breakfast we rode out, daily changing our route.
Aprs luncheon we drove out or played tennis, or simply read.

When the time I spent with her became too tough, I escaped to my attic studio and locked myself in.

I occasionally asked her to walk the dogs.
Asked too often, she’d sulk.

The garden residents pottered in and out of the garden, dependent upon whether or not she was present.

The Cook, too, was being difficult, what with my sister’s high and mighty manner and the forthcoming building work.

And, besides, what would the Elves, Imps and Pixies get up to to make matters worse....?

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The Narrow Bridge".


 
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A hunt was in progress, the hounds baying blue murder.

The terrain was muddy, slippery, treacherous.

There was bound to be an accident when the hunt gained momentum.

I am partial to a steady canter, a fast gallop and/or, negotiating any jumpable obstacles in my path.

The reason for the hunt I oppose.

I entered a wood, squelchy firm beneath the horses’s hooves.

Rounding a clump of thick prickly brambles, we almost collided with a Raspberry-Striped Gnu.

At the sight of us, the Gnu’s wings lifted in fright, its eyes opened wide.
It shrieked like a banshee.

My horse stood stock still and looked him benignantly.

In the silence a telepathic message flashed briefly between them.

The Gnu regained his composure and sidled past us into the bushes.

Further on, we encountered a witch of the wood, her Elfin assistants and a cluster of woodland Faeries.

I could hear the vibrations behind the silence and the atmosphere of quiet everlasting ness
was - serendipity....

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"NEW PROJECTS, NEW PAINT"
 
As advanced planning for the roll-out of new projects gets underway . . .

Fresh paint must be made.

Supplies must be ordered-in.

Magic will ensue . . . . . . . distractions must be avoided.

 
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The ghost of Arztek, the God of Lightning, was inspecting the troops or, to be accurate, the residents of the fantastical, magickal garden.

He had marshaled every Tom, Dick and Harry of them and they, in unusual style, stood rigidly, immovably, to attention.

His inspection of the troops was followed by a bellowed order of, “I demand your undivided attention - all of you or, you will suffer three rainy days in the stocks.”

He glowered.

His diatribe covered a multitude of subjects, from their undisciplined life styles to their untidy appearance.

To some, what he said, was thought provoking, worth noting.
Others looked at the grass and muttered sotto voce.

The Flower Faeries giggled, the Witch tapped her nose and the Elves, Imps and Pixies reached for their pocket-sized sling shots.

The Unicorn diverted his landing to the field, where he encountered the Dragon, breathing hellfire and brimstone.

So hot was his breath that, before very long, the lake was ablaze and the fish were ajumping.

The Ogre rumbled angrily and enough being enough, he chucked pebbles and stones and small tree branches at the incomer.

The Elves, Imps and Pixies extracted their sling shots and pronto! the garden residents were at war with this irritating man.

However, the Owl, in his tree house, heard the commotion and hooted loudly, authoritatively, restoring order in the blink of one eye.

Arztek was permitted to continue his diatribe and, in the end, the garden residents found themselves listening punctiliously, thoughtfully....

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"HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU"

New projects assembling..

And, preparations begin, right away, for the Spring Magazine issue!

 
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the Magick garden is a-buzz with the usual activity . . . .







Calliope’s voice, low pitched, contralto, bewitched, delighted, captivated us here, in this fantastical, magickal, mystical garden.

The Elves were untouched, the Imps covered their ears and the Pixies began to dance in a slow, rhythmic fashion.

The Witch’s spells that morning were fit for the gods.

The Unicorn had been and gone a’fore the singing began, but the birds of Rhiannon were rendered songless, mum.

The Wizard swept down from his cloud, stepped off his flying carpet and stood stock still.

The voice echoed through the house and, so haunting was it, that no work was done till Calliope hushed.

The effect upon us all was such, that, it threatens to endure and endure and endure forever....


But, magick will,of course, overcome that!







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