The Last Colony had its official UK release yesterday (it had been available before that as an import but is now out via Tor UK), and today saw a nice review of it in the Guardian, which called it “a fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterisation, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science.” Can’t complain about that. So if you’re in the UK and have been holding off for an official UK edition, head to the stores. It’ll be there, waiting — nay, pining — for you. Note also that if you shop for your science fiction at Forbidden Planet, The Last Colony is part of a special discount promotion there through the end of the year.
Let’s go back a couple of years and admire some artistry:
JANUARY 19, 2006: Selected Creatures from the Athena Collection, With Artist Commentary
“He’s just a mixed up monster. Because he has crab arms, and an oval body and he has two ears that are, like, from an animal, I think? Is that right? Yeah. Probably a dog sticking up its ear, only it’s not pointy. He’s a monster, he destroys towns so his ears are always up because he’s angry all the time. Well, he’s not really angry, he’s just really mean.”
“He’s two-headed, and they both have one leg to make two. The one on the left has really big eyes and is really freaky looking, and the one on the right side is really freaky too, but you can choose which one you like better. I think I like the first one better, because he’s cooler looking, but the one the right looks dumber, doesn’t he? There’s a little town in front of them, it’s so small that you can’t even see it, and they’re mostly just that kind of monster.”
“A boy thinks this little girl is cute, and you can see little hearts coming from him, and I made an arrow so you know who he’s in love with, and then he walks over (but I didn’t put that on the board), and she turns HUGE and has razor sharp teeth and eats him! It’s really cool in the picture. Because she’s a monster, she was just in disguise. She has a little button to push her big and small and to disguise her mean eyes and razor sharp teeth. The boy will just live in her stomach and then he’ll turn into poop. You can fall in love with this girl. Just don’t get near her.”
“Which one is your favorite in all of them?”