the lilulan empire

the world that spirals down

the mind behind the stuff
hello, bonjour, guten tag, hola, ni hao, konnichi wa, zdravstvuite. (that's "hello" in english, french, german, spanish, chinese, japanese, and russian. (i got the ones i didn't know from this site. it's a very useful reference place, you know.) but anyway. hello, welcome to my lj, where i will be posting all my work and thoughts on over the next... well, i don't know how long i'll stay for! i hope it'll be a fair bit of time, though. also welcome to, erm, me. i am a person, from earth. ack - that's what i usually say on my web profiles, and i am determined to do better than that here. well. yes, i am a person, from earth, but i am also a wannabe published author. i have written many books of varying degrees of quality. they range from sci-fi epics to domestic short stories, from compendiums of imagined facts to psychographymances (don't even ask.) i also try to draw and photomanipulate. this time around i can safely say the results of this hobby are not of varying degrees of quality - they are of varying degrees of crapness. oh well - we've all got to have our weaknesses!

but what about me myself? well, i try not to reveal too much detail about me on the web for fear of... stuff happening. i can say that my name is nick, and i live somewhere in london, england. hooray for vagueness! i suspect i have a mental age of about six, but i'm actually older, believe it or not. *drum-roll* i have a cat called pebble, whose weight is inexorably increasing... oh, and finally, i have a fetish for lower-case letters. you noticed, did you? damnnation.

my top five
the braided path trilogy, by chris wooding - the most original fantasy out there.
the hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy series, by douglas adams - so random it hurts your brain, in a good way.
watchmen, by alan moore and dave gibbons - complex, poetic and existential, this is the definition of great literature.
the lord of the rings trilogy, by jrr tolkien - the original, the best.
the timewaster letters series, by robin cooper - the funniest series i've ever read.

tv shows:
firefly - the most beautiful, funny and endearing sci-fi you could imagine.
doctor who - it opens the imagination with its anywhere, anytime format.
lost - endlessly baffling but also endlessly fun, and now much better than its rival, heroes.
life on mars - "bastards!"
blackadder - a bit of a contrast with all of the above, but yes, the greatest comedy ever.

lord of the rings: return of the king - the most spectacular film in all of cinema history.
serenity - a spin-off (from firefly) that doesn't lose the original's wit and intelligence.
watchmen - erm, see above.
the sixth sense - terrifying, absolutely terrifying, and it didn't even need gory latex masks.
pan's labyrinth - watched it, liked it, rewatched it, adored it.

st thomas - rip, the beautiful musician who inspired dozens of my stories.
warren zevon - another great musician who died too soon.
neotropic - they made an obscure french film sound exotic and existential with their music.
iron and wine - catchy tunes drowned in deeper meaning.
neil young - possibly the inspiration behind st thomas, and very nearly just as good.

riders on the storm by the doors - the only doors song that's truly great.
sheer wonder by herman dune - politically relevant and sporting a beautifully addictive tune.
a long long time by st thomas - the meaningful, haunting song that fed the idea of "aeon war" in my mind - unforgettable.
river's dance by greg edmonson - this piece of music from firefly manages to be jolly as well as haunting.
where do the children play? by cat stevens - yaaaaay!

and now for the moral of this story
zenith stood shakily on his hind legs, grin widening. numbers and symbols flashed through his mind. his eyes gained a painfully sharp focus; he could see atoms swimming through each other; he moved his paw this way and that, complicated; atomic chains linking up, reason and reaction, cause and effect...

atoms moved together, split open and fused, and a massive white roaring light blossomed in the abyss, blossomed from the empty space and pulsated – the pulsing of atoms, the heartbeat of time. zenith contained the explosion, curving the fabric of the world into a soft nest of matter. numbers, so many numbers. the explosion seethed silently for a moment in its cocoon; then folded in on itself into nothing. the wind howled angrily at the bending of nature’s rules, and Zenith smiled a celebratory smile.

he would do it. he would break the silence. zenith gazed down at the distant land, at the red shapes. they no longer seemed menacing; their humming and blinking lacked potency. his smile turned into a vicious laugh.

zenith: one. little pretty red evil marauding swine: nil.

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