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Here and Yet to Come: A 1957 Space Scrapbook

In the fall of 1957, my mother was 12 years old. She had a budding interest in science and an especial interest in space because 1) it was the fall of 1957 and 2) her father was an aeronautics engineer who was just being drafted (unsure if it was just before or just after Sputnik) into becoming an astronautical engineer (which he remained until he retired in the 1980s). From October to December of 1957, she clipped every story she could find (most likely from the Baltimore Sun).

I have created a preliminary scan of the scrapbook. In the future, I’d like to see if I can do a higher-quality one and correct the two errors I made during the scanning process. In once case, a clipping flipped over and I didn’t notice until after the PDF was completed. In the other, I forgot to remove one layered section of a story (many stories were positioned in layered format and had to be rearranged for scanning). Everything else should be readable.

This scrapbook provides a fascinating snapshot of three months in which the world changed dramatically. The clippings reflect optimism, fear, and some confusion. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

Space Travel: Here and yet to come, cover image

Dear Banshee:

Banshee, do you copy? It’s us, Squid and LateNight. (mouseover the pics…or else)

Looking fine in our BSG Viper pilot uniforms. Concrete underpass in the background. Pretending it's Caprica

You know, your wingmen?

Good news, we weren’t blown up. We’ve crashed on a strange planet. I think it might be…Kobol. Or even Earth.

There are ruins here, some ancient human architecture. And on it, we found an odd symbol painted…

Oh look we found Starbuck's mandala 'painted' onto the underpass. Let's ignore that it was added later. Also, those are some nice hexagonal lines

Most of the structures, if there were many, seem to have been destroyed by the forest. It’s a beautiful place, but we’ve been careful to keep an eye out for toasters.

We've got our serious faces on. We're probably looking at Cylons over the horizon

But there’s some great news! We’ve found water. And not just a bit of ice, there are streams and rivers of it here!

Dipping some fingers in the water

We followed this creek for a while and set up camp on the northern side. You’ll be able to find us by our beacon. It’s sending out an encoded signal P-A-X.

Pointing at something fascinating just off camera. Probably our new camp site.

Bring a few Raptors to help carry back the water and someone to repair the Raptor we were flying. It should be salveagable.

…but, um, no rush.

Lying happily with the sun on our faces.

End transmission.

Banshee to Squid and LateNight. You kids are gonna have to speak up over the sound of this TOTALLY AWESOME PARTY I FOUND.

Standing on the couch in a BSG pilot outfit. Dance dance dance.

Oh, what is this I’m holding in my hand? Could it be a flask?Looking curiously at something in her hand

Yeah it is.
Yep, that's definitely a flask in her hand.

I am so happening that the party follows me around the room. Check it.
Standing on another couch. Holding both a flask and a balloon. Aw yeah.

I mean, look at me.Working that seductive face. Still on a couch with a flask and balloon.

Oh, hey there, little guy. What could you be?Addressing the balloon. Still holding the flask.

It’s a balloon, you guys. A balloon. Because I’m having a party and you’re not invited.Addressing the camera, because we're not cool enough to have balloons.

Bored with balloon now.
Sudden bored face. Still holding flask.

Fly, little birdie! Fly!Tossing the balloon upward.

And that’s how you get it done.Pointing at the camera in celebration mixed with gloating

Wait, you guys aren’t actually going to leave me here, are you?Expression of serious anxiety

No, no no no guys, just hang on a sec. Seriously. Guys.Anxious look deepens, stepping back to the couch that's closer to the camera

Okay, okay, I’m lying: I’m the only one at this party. All the marines I invited got shot up when a heavy raider gave the port side a little love-bump. I don’t want to be here anymore. Guys?
Sadly holding onto braids while pleading.

Come get me?Extremely sad expression. Hunched shoulders. Bit of a sulk.

(Banshee, Squid, and LateNight will all be hanging out at PAX 2012!)

(Kobol photos by Kristen Knorr.

Introducing The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Project

…because the world needs more weird fiction podcasts. Obviously there’s the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Last fall, a couple of awesome British guys started an M.R. James “Podcast to the Curious.” And this week, a couple of weird-fic loving friends and I started “The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast.” You can subscribe via iTunes or through our regular feed. We also have a Twitter account and a Facebook page for those active on social media.

Why am I Doing It?

Why not Lovecraft? Why when I have grad school? Why with Tim and Phil?

Well, I’m not sure what to say about Lovecraft that isn’t being done on the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and YSDC. I could talk about Lovecraft & Cthulhu, but I’d really rather do a literary-style podcast about something I enjoy that’s related to my love of Lovecraft.

This is also something I can enjoy doing without an immense time commitment (Tim does the editing) and it doesn’t take a toll on my hands so I can continue getting better. I’m not ready to get back into crafting and I want to keep being a contributing part of the weird fic-loving community.

I first met Tim on Twitter and he invited me to the Delta Green game he was GMing for a group that included Phil. We’ve played Delta Green and D&D a fair amount since. Both guys are as knowledgable or more knowledgeable about weird fic as/than I am (depending on the specific topic), and we started talking about doing this podcast. We’re already used to talking with each other online because that’s how we role-play and I’m really enjoying our recording sessions!

Why Clark Ashton Smith?

Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft are the three major weird fiction writers of their era. Lovecraft’s being done already, Howard’s mythos work isn’t freely available, but Smith is a fascinating writer whose stories can be found freely on the Eldritch Dark website.

Some of Smith’s work connects to Lovecraft’s mythos, but Smith wrote in his own settings. We’re starting with Averoigne, a medieval France with a supernatural element. Then we plan to do Zothique (a future-Earth with a dead sun and single continent) and Hyperborea (an ancient Greenland before the ice age). After that, we’ll do Poseidonis (his Atlantean continent) and his stories set in his own time or random times and places.

We’ve put more information about Smith’s life and a list of his Averoigne stories, where we’re starting, on our website, and there’s plenty more about his life (and why him) in the first episode of the podcast!

I have been excited about this for a while now and am really happy with how it’s turned out so far. I hope that some of you who are interested in Lovecraft or who’ve become interested in Lovecraft will consider checking Smith out. And for those already familiar with Smith, perhaps this will give you a chance to become more familiar with his complete works.

(If you’re interested in buying actual editions of his works, Night Shade books has put out some excellent complilations. My only quibble with the e-version is that they don’t have great Table of Contents.)