Ready Player One: A Billion Dumptrucks’ Worth of Worthless Crud”

Savage, yet fair.

[Ready Player One] is a more commercially friendly work. [Soda Pop Soldier] is more real, but at the cost of including things mainstream audiences will find jarring (most especially in The Black). By way of analogy, RP1 is a slutty Pop Tart’s hit album (Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”, for example) to SPS’s raw, personal, wrenching Heavy Metal concept album.

Also, Nick Cole!

Check it out over at Castalia House!

The Wonderful World of Westeros… In Minecraft


No, it’s true. An entire Minecraft server is dedicated to replicating, block by block in meticulous detail, the world of Westeros from A Song of Ice and Fire (that’s “Game of Thrones” to you TV plebs).

Scale model, of course. It’s “22,000 x 59,000 blocks (501.14 square miles), the size of Los Angeles”.

Let me say that again: people have spent three+ years duplicating 500 square miles of a fictional fantasy world, building it BY HAND. And it’s only 70% done.

They even made a trailer.

Well, that’s just some awesome stuff, right there. The sheer dedication to pursuing their goals is amazing.

You want to know some more about Minecraft-Westeros, you can find a cool writeup At The Link!


7 Reasons Hogwarts Was Hell

I feel like something light-hearted and short.

Harry Potter, as seen by innocent bystanders.

First Year!

first year

That sounds kind of unfair. What about…

Second Year!

second year

That sounds pretty scary actually. Surely things got better during…

Third Year!

third year

“That’s it, you’re going to Beauxbatons in France. The girls there are prettier anyway!”

Find a recap of the other four years at the link!

Robert Heinlein’s Retroactive Pun

In one Heinlein novel, there’s a character named Creighton, at one point a historian until he marries into the ultra-wealthy Rudbek family, when he turns to business. As the newly christened “Rudbek of Rudbek”, he comes to live in a vast mansion, also known as Rudbek.

His full title being “Rudbek of Rudbek at Rudbek”, Creighton mischievously names himself Rudbek Cubed.

“Of course,” you say, “a historian of the far-flung future, in which humanity is settling the stars, so far in the future people have forgotten who Abraham Lincoln was, such a historian could well name himself after an obscure 20th Century puzzle. It makes total sense. Well done, Mr. Heinlein.”

And it does. It makes total sense. Except that the novel, Citizen of the Galaxy, was published in 1957. Almost 30 years before there was any such thing as a Rubik’s Cube.

So, for an unexpectedly brilliant bit of worldbuilding, all unintentional and after the fact, we at the House salute the inimitable and incomparable Robert Heinlein.