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2011 in review

3 January, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Answer Time…

1 September, 2010

Thanks to everyone who posted questions yesterday — hopefully you will find a link to an MP3 of the question and answer session below. I couldn’t do much with the file except trim the beginning and end, and convert it.

If you have more questions, keep them coming and I’ll post the answers here.


— Paul

Stainless Steel Art (37)

2 October, 2009

This one is from the first Spanish edition of The Stainless Steel Rat, published by Editorial Ferma in 1967. There’s no artist credit for this one, as far as I remember — if you know who the artist is, please leave a comment.

Presumably the groovy chick in the background is Angelina, and the guy doing the Incredible-Hulk-about-to-change pose is Jim at the point where he’s taken the mind altering substance in order to be able to think like a psycho … or maybe I’m just trying to read too much into these images? 🙂

Published by Ferma, 1967

Published by Ferma, 1967

Twitter, Tweets and Twits

23 June, 2009

I have been carefully avoiding ‘social networking’ sites because either (a) I haven’t found a use for one yet, or (b) I don’t have any friends. I’ve also been avoiding Twitter, because I don’t do anything interesting enough to send out regular text messages to the world.

But last week, in my job as a library-type person, I was introduced to the search facility on Twitter as a source of information. As I usually do in such sessions, I did a search for ‘Harry Harrison’ and started reading the tweets that came up. Part way through one of them I thought ‘Hang on, I wrote that last week!’ It seems that one of Harry’s US publishers is taking a feed from this blog and posting it out through Twitter. Which is very nice of them. But the way it’s sent out gives the impression that it is Harry Harrison himself who is writing this drivel as opposed to yours truly.

I’ve seen comments posted elsewhere wondering why Harry Harrison writes about himself in the third person — I’m not sure how I can make it clearer that the stuff that says ‘by Paul Tomlinson’ under it is by me and the stuff that says ‘by Harry Harrison’ is posted by the man himself. It doesn’t help, I suppose, that the e-mails go out without the bylines – though they do come from my e-mail address…

I thought about changing the image at the top of the blog to ‘edited by…’ but I’m not sure that would fix the problem. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Of course, anyone reading this on Twitter will presumably only see the first 140 characters… 🙂

Stainless Steel Art (16)

16 March, 2009

Burin Bache’s requests… Part 2 🙂

Here is the cover drawn by Harry Harrison for the Faber edition of The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World published in 1973.

Art: Harry Harrison

Art: Harry Harrison

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