Tag Archives: January

Cover to “Amazing Stories,” A. Sigmund, January 1933

Teck Publishing.  “Amazing Stories” did a run of covers in this style over a period of nine months in 1933.  (You can find them all over at Wikimedia Commons, and they’re in the public domain.)

What style of art is this?  Would it be art deco?



“Stone and snow, silence and air.”

Assuming you beach at last
Near Atlantis, and begin
The terrible trek inland
Through squalid woods and frozen
Tundras where all are soon lost;
If, forsaken then, you stand,
Dismissal everywhere,
Stone and snow, silence and air,
O remember the great dead
And honour the fate you are,
Travelling and tormented,
Dialectic and bizarre.

Stagger onward rejoicing;
And even then if, perhaps
Having actually got
To the last col, you collapse
With all Atlantis shining
Below you yet you cannot
Descend, you should still be proud
Even to have been allowed
Just to peep at Atlantis
In a poetic vision:
Give thanks and lie down in peace,
Having seen your salvation.

All the little household gods
Have started crying, but say
Good-bye now, and put to sea.
Farewell, my dear, farewell: may
Hermes, master of roads,
And the four dwarf Kabiri,
Protect and serve you always;
And may the Ancient of Days
Provide for all you must do
His invisible guidance,
Lifting up, dear, upon you
The light of His countenance.

— excerpt from W. H. Auden’s “Atlantis,” January 1941



Photo credit: Lis Burke [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.

A new and improved promo for “The X Files!”

I’m still not sure whether to call this a reboot, a return, a miniseries or “Season 10.”  Fox is calling it “a six episode event,” but that takes too long to type.

Now I’m starting to get excited.  This ad, which emphasizes the monster-of-the-week-type episodes, looks a hell of a lot better than the trailers focusing on the conspiracy.  The imagery looks damn cool.