Another piece of Richard Anderson art? Yes, please. I know I’m flogging the horse so to speak, but I adore this man’s art and will find any excuse to put it on my blog. As if Anderson’s work needs any extra boost, it was created for the new Peter Watts. Echopraxia will be the first original novel from Watts since the critically acclaimed Blindsight. An echopraxia is the involuntary repetition or imitation of another person’s actions. It’s one of the core symptoms of Tourette syndrome. I have no idea how that might play into the novel, but I really want to find out. I believe I managed to find an excerpt from Watts’ blog, go check it out.
As a random observation, I would point out that Anderson’s cover would work beautifully for a novella that Stephen Gaskell and Bradley P. Beaulieu wrote titled Strata. Go read the blurb on that one and tell me I’m wrong.
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A Plunder of Souls is the third novel in D.B. Jackson’s (aka: David Coe) Thieftaker Chronicles. I reviewed the first novel, Thieftaker, last year and absolutely loved it. I just recently got a copy of book two, Thieves’ Quarry, which I look forward to starting very soon. The entire trio of books look stunning all together. McGrath’s illustrations use muted earthy colors to capture a hyper realistic or gritty texture. For my money, he’s one of the best figure artists working today.
And finally, this odd little title caught me eye its faintly M.C. Escher like cover.
Pretty eye catching, isn’t it? The Gene Wolfe quote doesn’t hurt. Doing a little research on the title though really intrigued me,
Sound artist Stephen Vitiello created All Those Vanished Engines especially for the MASS MoCA boiler house. This building is a relic from the industrial past of the site and was once used to heat the factory buildings that now make up the museum. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the space, Vitiello built a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the first two floors of the building.
The narrative (and title) for All Those Vanished Engines comes from a commissioned text by novelist Paul Park. The story serves as the thematic structure and blueprint for Vitiello’s installation. The text and concepts consider a possible reading of the building as a façade for a secret, experimental project to explore the industrial production of sound. Told by two narrators visiting a fictional worker of boiler house, Park’s story recalls the history of the building as both a producer of sounds as well as a structure haunted by its production. Park writes: “After all, sound was what had animated the entire structure, in memory, and in the actual past, and was still animating it, for example, right now.”
Read the commission story here. I’m fascinated to see how this comes out in a novel. Pretty cool intersection of art, industry, and fiction. No?