Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him.
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Submitted by imjesuschrist(via novelfirstsentences) [I know the feeling.]
The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own I ends) which attracts me most. For beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. The novel is not the author’s confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.
—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via suzielightning)
I had to throw this out there since my Goggle alerts, which rounds up steampunk news around the interwebs for me daily, deposited this gem in my inbox.
“And Nissan continues to plug its electric vehicle (EV) offering with a new marketing campaign. In it, the company presents a world where every device is run on gasoline. Imagine an MP3 player, a hair dryer, a cell phone, a microwave oven and other devices run on gas and you get an idea. Very steampunk concept, if you ask me.”
This was my reply:
“Hate to be a hater but this concept would be dieselpunk, not steampunk. It sounds silly but there is a distinct difference. Both are retrofuturistic but steampunk is the Victorian future re-imagined with steam power and dieselpunk is a 1920s-1950s future re-imagined with diesel-run electronics.”
Seriously, no bad karma towards Business Insider or the author of this article but there is a distinct difference between steampunk and dieselpunk and since the former is becoming so mainstream recently, people need to understand this. I left a comment nicely explaining it with a link back here. Am I wrong?