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Lilly Allen – teh Wrdswth ov er generashun, innit?

Lilly AllenHell knows I get some infuriatingly hyperbolic press releases[1] in the course of business as usual at The Dreaded Press, but The Guardian gets blurbs on the big fish who pass me by, like Lilly “No, my dad’s nothing to do with my success at all, and I skived at Stage School” Allen:

It has a cold open of sorts, beginning with lyrics – a couplet, I suppose you’d call it – from one of Lily’s new tracks.

“Now I lie here in the wet patch in the middle of the bed,
I’m feeling pretty damn hard done by, I’ve spent ages giving head”.

Now, what do you think are the publicists’ words immediately following this?

“Lily Allen, the Wordsworth of the MySpace generation, returns with the -”

I’m so sorry, I thought for a minute they said “the Wordsworth of the MySpace generation”.

Oh my God! They totally did!

But it gets better – The Guardian writer phoned up the PR to call them out on it:

“Congratulations on a sublimely parodic press release,” LiS greets Murray Chalmers, the brains behind it all. “We’re particularly interested in the Wordsworth comparison, which we feel if anything underplays Lily’s talent and indeed canonical importance. Tell me: which of Wordsworth’s works would you say It’s Not Me, It’s You has the deepest affinity with?”

There is a pause. Just name any of Wordsworth’s works. “It was really to remind people what an excellent lyricist Lily is,” says Murray, eventually.

PWN’T. Hat tip to Jonathan “SF Diplomat” McCalmont for making my evening that much more bearable.

[ 1 – Rule of thumb – the greater the hyperbole quotient, the more dismally pointless and vapid the music being promoted. So frankly I’m shocked that Ms Allen’s lot didn’t lay it on even thicker. ]

[image by T. Young]

Subscribe to T3A Space – new TTA Press website tweaked

Well, I hope you’ve all had a nice long holiday weekend – even if the weather was as rotten as it was here in Velcro City. I hardly noticed, though – I’ve been busy.

One of the many things I’ve been doing over the weekend is playing around behind the scenes at T3A Space, the new-look blog-style website for TTA Press (publisher of short genre fiction magazines Interzone, Crimewave and Black Static). T3A is where updates and story acceptances for the TTA stable are posted, and over the coming months it’s going to grow into a content-rich site with lots of good stuff to read.

Andy (TTA’s head honcho) already had things looking sexy with an eye-catching theme (luckily – as, having seen VCTB, no one in their right mind would set me loose on the aesthetics of a website), but yours truly has been hacking about with the ergonomics and functionality. Upgrades include a working spam-free comments system, and lots of other behind-the-curtain search-engine friendly stuff. There’s still work to be done, but things are looking good so far.

I’ve also set the RSS feed for the site to run through Feedburner, which is a very easy operation but well worth the time invested. But if you click through, you’ll see the subscription counter sat at a lowly first-day count of zilch, zero, nada.

So, here’s the challenge – I’d like you all to subscribe to the T3A RSS feed, which I’ve made extra easy by linking to it there. You don’t even have to click more than once! Let’s see if we can’t get that counter to show something a little more impressive than zero by tomorrow, eh?

Interzone announces special Mundane SF edition for 2008

The title should say it all, and whatever else you need to know should become apparent after you read Geoff Ryman’s announcement on the TTA Press website.

But for those too flabbergasted (or lazy) to click through, Mr. Ryman (with the assistance of Julian Todd and Trent Walters) will be guest editing an issue of Interzone to be published next year, which will adhere strictly to the manifesto of the Mundane SF movement, of which Ryman is a founder. Some simple guidelines:

“What makes a story Mundane? A few simple rules:

• no FTL travel or communications
• no aliens
• no time travel
• no parallel universes
• no immortality or telepathy.”

There you have it. More guidelines, plus details about how to submit a story for consideration, can be found by clicking through to the TTA website. So get writing, already! I might even have a go at this myself. After all, what’s a little failure between friends?