ffutures: (marcus 2013)
I've put up the modified PDF with the colour illo and one other illo replaced by the one that was omitted.

Something that's struck me about that colour picture of the dock - most of the people at ground level are wearing jackets with big high-visibility logos on the back, the sort of thing someone working at e.g. a harbour or a constructions site might wear today. Was this something Kipling came up with on his own, or were they already around?
ffutures: (Aerial board of Control 2)
I've made a few small changes, fixed a last couple of typos (I hope), and added page numbers and bookmarks.


About 4.29mb now.

If nobody has found any problems I'm going to put links on my web site etc.

later and as if by magic I've just found the November 1905 McClure's magazine on line, and need to make some changes to the PDF and my web site to reflect that. All minor though - a little more information on the different versions of the story, and illustrations, unfortunately not incredibly well scanned; a coloured version of the girl on the overhead ramp thing, and a different illustration of the rescue, which I had already but in a very poor scan. I'll probably put them on line but won't add them to the PDF, I think. Revisions should be on line in an hour or two.

6 pm - Revised PDF is now on line - file size is reduced to 4.15mb (forgot to do it earlier).

7 pm - Revised art page and With The Night Mail are on line.
ffutures: (Aerial board of Control 1)
With the Night Mail and As Easy As A.B.C. - The PDF


About 4.28mb

I think it looks OK and works pretty well, but please let me know if it fails to load properly etc.

Front and back covers are illos by me from Forgotten Futures 1, let me know if you think they're OK for this.

Please don't copy to other sites quite yet, I want to make sure there are no problems first.

I got this done in about 15 hours, which though I say it myself is pretty good going - more than half of the time was spent wrestling with bloody Word over the formatting etc. of the adverts in With the Night Mail!

Later Added an A.B.C. icon - another will be in a GIP comment, which is best?
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
The Aerial Board of Control's official logo, as found in the chapbook for With The Night Mail

Not sure it quite works - I read it as CAB, and the lettering style is a bit fussy, but it's the nearest we're going to get to an official logo.


Unfortunately I didn't have this when I was writing Forgotten Futures 1, and I gave the ABC a completely different logo, as here:

or just big blocky A.B.C. letters.
ffutures: (Phrenology)
I've decided to make a PDF containing With the Night Mail and As Easy as A.B.C. Looks like it's going to come out about 60-70 letter pages (I use letter, not A4, since there's slightly less wastage printing letter on A4 paper than vice versa).

A couple of questions:

Should I put in small illustrations with links to big ones, or larger (possibly full letter page) illustrations? Which is more convenient? I suppose it depends if you print things out, with something like this I don't know what people will prefer to do. Bigger illustrations mean a bigger final file size, of course. In this case that may mean MUCH bigger.

Can anyone identify the symbol on the left of the word "Hansen's" in this illustration and point me at a Windows character set that includes it, or anything like it:


The character number would be useful too.
ffutures: (Phrenology)
As well as looking at Kipling's As Easy as A.B.C., [livejournal.com profile] nojay also went through With the Night Mail and found a few errors. That was probably my first OCR project and it's been revised numerous times over the years, but mostly that's been adding illustrations. While fixing the problems he found, I took the opportunity to tidy the HTML a little so that it is now somewhat less kludgy than it was and looks a little better on screen. Still not perfect, but it's gradually getting better. Feedback on any remaining problems would be greatly appreciated.

ffutures: (Phrenology)
The illustrated As Easy As A.B.C. is now on line. Comments would be greatly appreciated, especially any problems.

ffutures: (lander)
I'm very glad to say that the volume of The London Magazine containing As Easy as A.B.C. was finally delivered twenty minutes ago - no explanation of why it took so long, and it doesn't appear to have been damaged, opened by customs, lost, or anything like that, so I can only assume that it simply ended up on a ship that took a long time to reach its destination. Hopefully I'll get the illustrations scanned and a revised version of the story on line tonight or tomorrow - I also want to compare the text to see if anything was added or removed, at a first glance I think not.

I'm enormously relieved, and very pleased - I think that this is fairly important for anyone interested in early SF art.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Thanks to the awesome book-finding abilities of Brian from Porcupine Books WINOLJ I have just ordered a bound volume of Harmsworth's London Magazine containing the original illustrated version of Kipling's As Easy as A.B.C.. It was serialised in March-April 1912, and is one of the stories that the first Forgotten Futures release was based on. It's coming from Canada so will take a while, but if all goes well I hope to have the illos on line in a month or so, and really high resolution scans on the next Forgotten Futures CD-ROM. Someone recently listed the first of the two issues on ebay at a ridiculously high price, £400, which is what prompted me to start asking about them - Brian found the bound volume (6 issues) in less than a day, and at less than a tenth the price including transatlantic postage!

Incidentally, the ebay listing includes a couple of pictures showing illos - I won't have the cover, they weren't included in the bound volumes, but the rest of it looks very cool:


I'll post again when I have it on line.
ffutures: (Default)
To the British Library again, where I had a look at Robert William Cole's other books, which are even more obscure than The Struggle For Empire. I was hoping that one or more would be another scientific romance, but no such luck. Quick synopses (bearing in mind that I skimmed them fairly quickly):

His Other Self: The Story of a Man with a Past - 1906
A former wastrel who has found love and turned over a new leaf is intermittently possessed by his rakish past self, who does all the things that the hero no longer wants to do - boozing, chasing loose women, etc. - to teach the hero some sort of moral lesson. Eventually the hero is prepared to renounce his fiancée to ensure that her life will be happy, even if he is miserable. This apparently proves that he is worthy, and the haunting ends.

The Death Trap - 1907
Germany, France, and Russia go to war with Britain (the French under duress, the others willingly), destroy the British fleet, and invade southern England. Britain is nearly defeated, and comes close to revolution due to dastardly German agents and government bungling, but a heroic general leads Britain to victory, aided by the Japanese navy (the Japanese apparently remember Britain as allies from their war with Japan) who take out the German fleet at the eleventh hour - the French quietly switching sides just before the battle. I suppose it is technically a future war story, but there are none of the tropes of scientific romance; the technology is what was available at the time.

The Artificial Girl - 1908
Very disappointing - it sounds like it's about androids, actually it's about transvestitism! The hero (for want of a better word) disguises himself as his sister so that he can attend her finishing school and pursue the girl he loves. Amazingly, this ends without him being arrested, sued, or kicked in the goolies, and with the girl he has pursued possibly falling in love with him. I suspect that they hadn't quite developed the concept of stalking in 1908...

I also checked on the magazine publication of Kipling's As Easy As A.B.C. and confirmed that there was a version in The London Magazine, March 1912, though I wasn't able to confirm if it was illustrated. But given that the date's right, I shall try to get hold of a copy if I can.

Total walked today about 6.7 miles; I walked there, had a salad in the cafe at the library, and walked back by a less direct route. Feeling rather pleased.
ffutures: (lost world)
Not sure why I never knew this - there was an illustrated publication of Kipling's As Easy As A.B.C., the sequel to With the Night Mail, in the London Magazine of March and April 1912.

If anyone happens to come across this, I would really love to get hold of a copy!
ffutures: (lander)
Four pictures - three of them new to me. I've previously seen the first of the pictures following as a colour version in the chapbook. Four fairly large gifs behind the cut. The only other illustration in the magazine is the one of several people being rescued from a wrecked dirigible, which I previously had - unfortunately time has not been kind and the quality is very poor, almost as bad as the earlier scan, and I want to work on it some more before posting it. For some reason it's the first picture of the story in the magazine.

With the Night Mail - Windsor Magazine illustrations )
ffutures: (lost world)
Today's pleasant surprise was a damaged volume of the Windsor magazine for 1906 I won on eBay at the weekend... pleasant because it was VERY cheap, and pleasant and surprising because it turns out to be the 1905-1906 volume, with the first issue December 1905.

Why is The Windsor Magazine for December 1905 important, you may well ask? Because it's the first appearance of Kipling's With The Night Mail, the source for Forgotten Futures I. I've had a quick look, and I think there's one illustration I've never seen before, possibly two, and at least one change to the text - the story is attributed to "The Windsor Magazine October 2147", not "A Story of 2000 AD (Together with extracts from the magazine in which it appeared)" It doesn't have the fake adverts and articles that often accompany it - I'd always assumed that they were included from the start, but it looks like they're a later addition, either in the McClure's magazine version of 1906 or (more likely) the later chapbook, which I have. There may be other changes, it'll take a while to check.

I'll get the new pictures etc. on line as soon as possible - tonight if I can - and I think it's about time I looked at updating the online files to include the colour pictures from the chapbook etc., and possibly put together a PDF version of WTNM and "As Easy as A.B.C."

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