Links from 2020-12-27
Tom Lehrer has released all his works into the public domain. We have til 2024 to download them, however, when it appears his website will go down.
Shadow of the Beast, released in 1989, became a hallmark of outstanding graphics, sound and aesthetic completeness. It wasn’t much of a game, but it sold a lot of Commodore Amigas in Europe. So tied was it to that machine’s peculiar 16-bit hardware that porting it to other systems became a challenge, a joke, even a form of outsider art.
I’ve been writing Laundry Files stories since 1999, and there’s now about 1.4 million words in that universe. That’s a lot of stuff: a typical novel these days is 100,000 words, but these books trend long, and this count includes 11 novels (of which, #10 comes out later this month) and some shorter work. It occurs to me that while some of you have been following them from the beginning, a lot of people come to them cold in the shape of one story or another.
So below the fold I’m going to explain the Laundry Files time line, the various sub-series that share the setting, and give a running order for the series—including short stories as well as novels.