"The dark shadow of an island..."

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"The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby peterh » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:29 pm

Epi 88, or more specifically its piccie, has been bugging me for a couple days.
The many descriptions of how dark it is under the starlit sky seem to be in disagreement with the picture.

What giveth?
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Re: "The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby PaulGazis » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:47 am

Chalk it down to computer problems, editorial restrictions, and artistic license. I tried
the graphic with a dark background, but I couldn't quite get it to work during the frantic
emergency session finishing session using the software on my laptop -- that nose-on view
of Fleming's glider either got lost against the sky or ended up looking like something out
of Close Encounters. Anticipating this, I'd intended to land them at dawn, but the
text ended up so far over my informal 1200-word limit that I had to simplify some of the
flight operations -- I've found that being merciless about keeping the word-count down is
crucial to making this 1930's cliff-hanger style work.

Also, the night-time version lost some of that all-important Hitchcockian (well, heck,
it should be a word!) quality :)
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Re: "The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby peterh » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:22 pm

PaulGazis wrote:ended up looking like something out of Close Encounters.

That would've constituted Awesomeness!
I've found that being merciless about keeping the word-count down is crucial to making this 1930's cliff-hanger style work.

Evidently, you're a better man than I. :mrgreen:
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Re: "The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby phillies » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:26 am

I also write...novels.

And whenever someone proposes I should limit myself to another 120,000 words, i

reach for my supply of thermonuclear hand grenades.

Never do I hear the suggestion repeated, though some would chalk this up to hearing loss of being regularly at 30 millifurlongs from a 10 megafirkin thermonuclear explosion. Why, they approach the loudness of an underinstrumented rock band!
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Re: "The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby peterh » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:34 am

phillies wrote:I also write...novels.

And whenever someone proposes I should limit myself to another 120,000 words, i

reach for my supply of thermonuclear hand grenades.


I have to admit that sounds like me. Not the grenades... just the negative reaction to a limited word count.
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Re: "The dark shadow of an island..."

Postby peterh » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:38 am

PaulGazis wrote:all-important Hitchcockian (well, heck,
it should be a word!) quality :)


Just out of curiosity (and I'm not suggesting that this is a sane or even safe path to follow), did you, at least for a moment, consider "Hitchcocky"?

*hides somewhere safe for the time being*
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