This is a useful contrast between G. K. Chesterton and H. P. Lovecraft. The word "absurd" means very different things in their works.
JD Cowan writes about Quake. That game has a special place in my heart, as it was my real introduction to the internet. I played Quake on a 28.8 modem.
Daniel J. Davis is doing a series of Twitter threads on Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, and Davis' selection of literary responses to that book.
Here are his selections:
Davis brings the point of view of an author and a veteran to this, and I've been enjoying his threads so far. While in a way Bill, the Galactic Hero was supposed to be a spoof or maybe even a refutation of Starship Troopers, Davis sees it more as two sides of the same coin, or the same thing from a different kind of person's POV.
I'm happy to see efforts paying off in this project to read burnt scrolls found in a library buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Of course, most of the scrolls will probably be like the Complaint Tablet To Ea-Nasir.
The tablet reads:
“Tell Ea-Nasir: Nanni sends the following message:
When you came, you said to me: “I will give fine quality copper ingots.”
You left, but you did not do what you promised me.
You put ingots which were not good before my messenger and said:
“If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!”
What do you take me for that you treat me with such contempt? …
… How have you treated me for that copper?
You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory;
it is now up to you to restore to me in full.
Take notice that I will not accept any copper from you that is not of fine quality.
I shall select and take the ingots individually in my yard,
and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me
Except with that certain Roman something
Ian Nol at Culture War Insurgent has written us a short story, "Angels of Light".
There is a Robocop game that is an extremely faithful reproduction of the source material, which means unspeakably gory and violent, with a nearly unstoppable Robocop stomping around shooting bad guys.
In book news, friend of the blog Peter Nealen has an entry in the Galaxy's Edge side series Order of the Centurion: Always Legion.
And Will Wight has book two of his Galactic Patrol like space opera series The Last Horizon coming out in December.