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Young Tales of the Old Cosmos

Young Tales of the Old Cosmos

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Young Tales of the Old Cosmos

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53 pagine
47 minuti
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Nov 19, 2011
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9781466174696
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A quartet of celestial stories about the troubles and triumphs of the planets, moons, stars and galaxies, all of which turn out to be sentient and sensitive living beings. Yes, the heavenly objects have feelings too and they find life just as bewildering as human beings do. When Pluto is officially demoted from a true planet to a dwarf planet; when the poor moon is infested with clowns; when Betelgeux falls in love with other red giants; when the Milky Way wants to make friends... that's the time they most need our sympathy and support. Come and see how all these issues and others are resolved, courtesy of cult writer Rhys Hughes...

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Nov 19, 2011
ISBN:
9781466174696
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I am a writer of Fantasy, Speculative Fiction and Magic Realism who often uses comedy and absurdism to examine philosophical issues. I am known for my original ideas, intricate plots and entertaining wordplay! I write short stories, novellas and novels. I have been a writer from an early age. I completed my first proper short story when I was 14. It was called 'The Journey of Mountain Hawk' and I still remember what it was about, even though it no longer exists. None of my early work exists. My earliest surviving short story dates from 1989, and since that time I have embarked on an ambitious project of writing a story cycle consisting of exactly 1000 linked tales. Recently I decided to give this cycle an overall name -- PANDORA'S BLUFF. My main influences are writers such as Italo Calvino, Stanislaw Lem, Boris Vian, Flann O'Brien, Jack Vance and Jorge Luis Borges, all of whom have a very well-developed sense of irony and a powerful imagination. I love irony and satire, not only the 'negative' kind that seeks to undermine some form of injustice but also the 'positive' kind that takes sheer delight in its own playfulness. And yet I am also fully committed to engaging with serious themes. In fact, many years ago, I decided that I should find my own name for the style of writing I like best and the name I came up with was: "Romanti-Cynicism." The main idea behind this new genre is to combine humour and seriousness, to fuse the emotional with the intellectual, the profound with the lighthearted, the unfettered with the precise. My first book was published in 1995 and sold slowly but it seemed to strike a chord with some people. My second, third, fourth, etc, books sold much more strongly as my reputation increased. I have been told that I am a "cult author" and I'm pleased with the description, but obviously I also want to reach out to a wider audience! My twentieth book has just been published and I have many new books due to be released in the next two years.

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Young Tales of the Old Cosmos - Rhys Hughes

Rhys Hughes seems almost the sum of our planet's literature. — MICHAEL MOORCOCK

Young Tales of the Old Cosmos

A Celestial Quartet

by

Rhys Hughes

Cover art by Gonzalo Canedo

Published By Gloomy Seahorse Press at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Rhys Hughes

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Table of Contents

On the Shoulders of Pipsqueaks

Buffoons of the Moon

The Pink Giant

The Curdling of the Milky Way

On the Shoulders of Pipsqueaks

The day that Pluto was demoted from a regular planet to a dwarf planet, all the other worlds in the solar system gathered together to offer their condolences.

They didn’t really gather together, that’s just a figure of speech, and Mercury and Venus were on the far side of the sun at the time, so neither of them witnessed the actual event or saw the expression on Pluto’s face when he lost his dignity, but Mars gave them a full description later and they made do with that.

The demotion was shocking news indeed, though Neptune claimed to have long foreseen a crisis along similar lines and blamed Pluto’s erratic behaviour for his change in status.

What do you mean by that? protested Pluto.

Well, consider your orbit for one thing, Neptune explained to the smaller globe. It’s so irregular it cuts in front of my own path, causing me to wince at each crossover point. I know we travel on differently inclined planes and there’s no danger of a collision. But all the same, how can you be so reckless?

I blame the parents, was Jupiter’s comment.

You blame the sun? blinked Neptune.

No, no, I was thinking of gravity. I should have said that I blame the parents of the parents.

Parent, not parents. Singular, not plural, prissily corrected Mars, flexing his polar icecaps. Besides I don’t accept that gravity really is the parent of the sun. I believe that gravity is the sun’s hobby or its political affiliation, something like that.

Why don’t we ask directly? suggested Uranus.

Jupiter shrugged his atmosphere. Fine by me, but you do the asking. It was your idea, not mine.

On no account must you disturb the sun, objected Neptune, "with such a trivial question. Not while he’s at work, anyway, and he’s always working. It’s not easy fusing hydrogen atoms into helium. None of us can imagine what that must be like. And he never gets a day off because to all intents and purposes he is the day!"

We won’t ask him then, huffed Uranus.

In the meantime Mercury and Venus were feeling excluded from the conversation. They looked at each other, then looked at Saturn, who also happened to be far away from the action at this time, further than any other world in fact and on their side of the sun too, but he wasn’t able to provide any new information. They would have to wait for Mars to swing round and relay all the gossip as usual.

Nobody bothered with Earth, of course. On account of an ugly chronic disease it had developed a few billion years previously, the others mostly shunned that blue and white globe. It wasn’t a true disease, more of an infestation that lowered the status of the victim to a point where empty vacuum was accorded more respect. Earth was

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