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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:32 pm 
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Speaking of Philip K Dick (hint hint) nobody's answered my poser yet (see back up the thread)! :wink:


I was waiting for Mike Philbin to answer that one!

Simulacra had psychokinetic pianist, but I can't recall the name.

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Simulacra had psychokinetic pianist, but I can't recall the name.

Spot on Tony - he rejoiced in the name of 'Richard Kongrosian'.

Probably not one of Dick's first-rate novels - it didn't quite gel for me - but some really interesting ideas nonetheless.

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Cone Zero is the ultimare simulacrum. You heard it here first.

*[ultimare = from the last nightmare]

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Mike A wrote:
..he rejoiced in the name of 'Richard Kongrosian'.


:roll:
No wonder I couldn't remember!

Mike A wrote:
Probably not one of Dick's first-rate novels - it didn't quite gel for me - but some really interesting ideas nonetheless.


SIMULACRA was 1st PKD I read, so bits of it stuck like brain plaque.
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SIMULACRA was 1st PKD I read, so bits of it stuck like brain plaque.
:oops:

My first was 'Dr Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb' - which is, I think, a better book than Simulacra, but still not quite up there with the big boys.

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I've just finished 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', the only PKD novel I've read to date. Bits of it were brilliant, but other bits felt a bit . . . half-thought out. Certainly doesn't benefit from having been turned into Blade Runner - similar stories, entirely different focus, point and meaning.

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My favourite Dicks are 'Flow My Tears The Policeman Said' and 'Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldiritch'. I went through a period of reading all Dicks and I have never been the same since! Some said the cover of Nemo 5 was Dickian.

Changing tack, has anyone read the guidelines here:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cone_z ... elines.htm ?
And if so, what do you think? Has anyone been put off from submitting by anything there? Or do you intend to submit? Or whatever?
I'd be grateful for replies, even if negative ones.
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I'm going to have a go if I get the time and/or inspiration. Struggling a bit to make much of the 'Cone Zero' title - but maybe that's the point!

I think 'Flow My Tears' is one of PKD's best - along with 'Ubik' and a few others - 'The Man in the High Castle' maybe. The last one I read was 'The Zap Gun', which features lots of satire on the arms race, consumerism and the cold war - another one that was a bit patchy yet full of brilliant ideas.

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I'm going to have a go if I get the time and/or inspiration. Struggling a bit to make much of the 'Cone Zero' title - but maybe that's the point!



I hope you do. CONE ZERO could be a box for different contents, or an atmosphere rather than a thing, a place like ground zero, a language that is beyond both code or meaning, a shaft of light beaming on your main protagonist...

Any othe writers' stories I can look forward to considering before 31 March 2008?

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As for submitting, I have an idea I'm gestating, but March 2008 is a long way off. I'm just going to have to be careful not to let it get pushed to the bottom of my brain-pile and forgotten about. Better sooner than later, right?

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Well, if you get stuck, I'm sure I can come up with something :lol:

Seriously, if I get struck with inspiration to do something suitable, I'll grovel and send it in. But my mind is usually caught on angels, elves or werewolves. I don't suppose they can be shoe-horned into a cone-zero idea. This is without mentioning the whole newb writer thing. :)

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angels, elves or werewolves

I seem to recall that we've had all three (separately) in Nemonymous before.
Cone Zero would be a good home for them.
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Nemonymous as New Brit Wyrd:
http://kidshirt.blogspot.com/2007/09/ne ... pdate.html

This free prize competition's best score so far is three out of seventeen (Guess The Author in Zencore):
http://weirdmonger.blogspot.com/2007/07 ... ition.html

Reminder: CONE ZERO (Nemo 8 submission guidelines):
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cone_z ... elines.htm

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I've been touching up my portal:
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Anyone submitting to 'Cone Zero'?
£65 per story (2500 - 12000 words). Not enough, I know, but I try.

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Is there a rush, we have until 31/3/08?


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