H block!


Oh what to post when it comes to H in our SF blog of fame. Martin wanted to nominate Harry Harrison (who incidentally I peed next to at Worldcon recently) on the grounds of his ‘contribution to SF as an author, critic and anthologist’ … yawn. Naomi (who looks nothing like Alyson Hannigan) used to like Frank Herbert but now claims that ‘Neil’s killed him for me’ through over exposure to Dune. As for me – well there can be only one H and that has to be Aldous Huxley. Not just because he wrote the fantastic pharmacological dystopia Brave New World. Not just because that phrase has massively impacted the modern lexicon (just Google it to found out). But mostly because in BNW he mentions the game ‘Centrifugal Bumble Puppy’ and then refuses to elaborate on what it is. I have spent hours dreaming up possible versions – my current thinking being a kind of crazy golf on acid with full contact rules (reminiscent of Jasper Ffordes visions of Croquet).



    August 30, 2005

    Oh, but Brave New World is a Utopia, not a Dystopia! 😉

    Obviously Centrifugal Bumble Puppy involves a rope, a puppy dog, and an electric rotor. The puppy is attached to a helicopter-like rotor that spins, making a bumble-bee like noise, then swung in wide, accelerating circles around the sportsman, and released. The aim of the game is to accurately hit targets up to a mile away. Performance is judged based on accuracy, elegance and grace of the swing, and the Doppler effect of the puppy’s howl (i.e. the speed is estimated from the high and low noises during the final rotation before release). The rotor is a problem, as it can slow down or accelerate or destabilize the flightpath of the puppy, and true experts are judged by the orientation of the rotor during the flight.

    I can’t imagine it being anything else…


    August 30, 2005

    Yawn . . .


    August 30, 2005

    If you used a breed with large ears (like Bassett Hounds) then they could presumably be wired to control trajectory and flightpath …


    August 30, 2005

    Nice pic, vic . . .

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