TAD Wallpaper at Tor.Com

For the next week or so, Tor is making available this really excellent wallpaper based on the cover of The Android’s Dream, created by Shelley Eshkar. It’s one of my favorite covers and it does make a fine, fine wallpaper, if I do say so myself (also up: a genuinely spooky piece of art from Sam Weber). It’s available at the Tor.Com Web site. Get it while you can.

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  1. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang in pain

    Awesome! Reminds me I have to rescue my hardback copy from its imprisonment in Canada.

    Though I may need to get a paperback in the meantime. It’s only right!

  2. I can’t do this unless I enable “active desktop”. I need a techie geek or two to tell me what the pros, cons, and implications are of doing so. I generally avoid new features like that because of an intense distrust of Micro$oft, but this may be a good enough reason to allow it.

  3. WXYZ:

    You really shouldn’t need to enable the active desktop; it’s just a jpeg. I just opened it up with the standard Windows picture viewer, right clicked, and clicked on the “set as wallpaper” feature.

  4. That vampire thing freaked me out – couldn’t even download it. People who like that kind of stuff should love it.

    Is it off topic to say that Android’s Dream is awesome? ‘Cause it is. It’d be cool to see some of those folks again, possibly in other settings.

  5. Dang! It must be early. I thought you were speaking of wallpaper that’d look great on my office walls (which it would). Now I’d buy that!

  6. Lovely wallpaper. Almost makes me regret being a flash bugger with a huge monitor, as there’s no 1920×1200 version for me. *sob*

  7. Re #5 All I know is, when I tried to set this as my wallpaper, I got a little popup box that said “The wallpaper you selected can be shown on the desktop only if Active Desktop is enabled. Do you want to enable it?”

    This has happened before when I tried touse JPG files for wallpaper. So, technogeeks, what about it?

  8. WXYZ, if you can (i.e. with a graphics program), try converting the JPEG of the wallpaper to a BMP file, and see if Windows lets you use that.

  9. WXYZ, tell me you’re not using Windows 98.

    If that’s the case, and you don’t want to enable the active desktop, you must convert the image from jpg to bmp. Pretty much every graphic software should do it, except MS Paint, if I remember correctly. I haven’t had this problem in more than 10 years.

  10. Just saw and endcap of Old Man’s War at Gate G at O’Hare. thought you might like to know.

    /It was sitting just above Dune

  11. Adam J. Whitlatch – Bonaparte, Iowa – Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of over sixty works of speculative short fiction and poetry, as well as the young adult science fiction novel E.R.A. - Earth Realm Army and the urban fantasy novella Retribution: Book I of the Blood Raven Saga. His work has appeared in Six Sentences, Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales, Dead Science, Shroud, Crossed Genres, The Drabbler, and Vicious Verses & Reanimated Rhymes just to name a few. Adam lives in southeastern Iowa with his wife and two sons. He is currently studying to become an English teacher.
    Adam J. Whitlatch

    Awesome! This has replaced my previous wallpaper that was really creepy and kept weirding my wife out every time she walked into mt office. LoL

    What can I say!? I’m a horror writer. lol

    stoolpidgeon @#6
    I write about vampires and I didn’t even like that wallpaper. Something about it just didn’t gel with me.

  12. Every time I see the cover art for “Android’s Dream”, I can’t help but think of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ?” (i.e., “Bladerunner”).

    Pardon me now while I exit stage-left to download the wallpapers and this week’s free TOR novel-download.

  13. Lee S:

    It’s probably because the title is a direct and unashamed rip-off of PKD, just as is the title of the upcoming book in that universe, The High Castle.

  14. Assure us John that any potential continuation of the series will be given the title “Pot-Healer.”

  15. Gianluca:

    If that’s the case, and you don’t want to enable the active desktop, you must convert the image from jpg to bmp. Pretty much every graphic software should do it, except MS Paint, if I remember correctly. I haven’t had this problem in more than 10 years.

    My windows 98 box is at home. MS Paint handles jpeg and will convert to bmp fine, although maybe the older Win 98 version didn’t.

    I like this picture but for wallpaper I usually pick something either darker of with a dark edge. Currently I’m using one of the latest Mercury photos but I like to change it every couple weeks.

  16. battlinjack – Pacific NW – Confirmed bookaholic currently ruled over by several cats. All of them rescues and all of them very demanding!

    It’s funny you should mention that. I just found it yesterday and downloaded it. It’s always been one of my favorites as well.

    On an entirely different note.
    I just finished reading Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades for the second time. I will be starting on The Last Colony in the next day or so.
    I think I liked them even more the second time through.

    Thanks a lot for those.

  17. OK, I found MSPaint and made a bmp version. It works fine. Thanks. And no, I don’t use windows 98 and never did.

  18. Devin L. Ganger – He/him | #BlackLivesMatter | IT geek, space nerd, guitarist, writer | Social Justice Monk | Train yourself to be kind (it's hard)
    Devin L. Ganger

    Cool! My 9yo son will totally dig this. We’ve been making him branch out and read some new stuff (Reading all the Harry Potter books? Not a problem. Reading all of them 8 times in a row? Problem.). After finishing Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers, he asked to read TAD because he really likes the cover.

    The only reason that my wife and I haven’t let him read it yet is that we’re not certain whether he’ll see the first chapter as a challenge or not. He’s generally not into fart humor and we’d like to keep it that way.

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