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Cream of the Cool

"They think that details make it more real, but they're wrong. Reality is messy."

Dr. Ana Stelline

That quote is bitterly ironic. (Not a spoiler, don't worry; this review is pretty much spoiler free.) She's talking about Replicant memory implants there and what makes 'good' ones. Her point is that there is more art in what's missing and the messy parts, and that's what makes one emotional, visceral and real. The irony comes from the…

Ben Cooper, Inc. was an American company that manufactured Halloween costumes. The company stayed open from the 1930s through the 1980s, and their costumes were absolutely ubiquitous in the 1950s to the 1970s. If you weren't wearing a Ben Cooper costume, you probably knew a half-dozen kids in school who were. 

The company was founded in 1937 by Ben Cooper, a guy who'd got into the theatrical costume biz and designed costumes and sets for the Cotton Club and the Ziegfeld Follies.…

Briefly, A Land Fit For Heroes is a three-book series of Grim Dark fantasy novels by the author Richard K. Morgan, who also wrote the Takeshi Kovacs books - a Grim Dark scifi trilogy which is being worked into a TV series.

The series comprises the books The Steel Remains, The Cold Commands, and The Dark Defiles. It is set on a world which we're told is 'Earth' - but it's…

"What's a girl got to do to get some respect around here? Stick a needle in her arm?"

I discovered Mimi Pond's comix in National Lampoon, back in the early 1980s. The magazine was hopelessly past its glory days by then; Pond was one of the reasons to keep reading. I lost track of her work after the 80s, though I was aware she wrote the first full-length episode of The Simpsons1.

I stumbled over her stuff again recently. Published…