H R Giger Quake2 GRM Matrix
MSIE4+ E-Reader Alternatives
Hans Rudi Giger's dark stylizations dictated the look of Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Aliens: The Resurrection, Species, and Species II, all widely regarded as the most fantastic 20th century sf icons of cinematic pop culture to date. The popularity of all Giger-like "biomechanical" art, and of the virtual reality of computer games such as Quake 2, and of the special effects in films such as The Matrix (and of a great many other high tech entertainments) all seem to tell us that the mere act of reading is mutating as a process. As David Cronenburg's Videodrome says:
"Long Live the New Flesh!"
THE DEATH OF READING
Meanwhile, the paperbook industry is becoming more and more monopolized and sanitized, with newcomer fiction-submissions, especially "e-books", kept off the plate by a few mentally challenged letter openers. Before the mega-takeovers narrowed the paper trail to the top to a crack in the ceiling, some agents and publishers did try e-bookery, pinning their paper-paged hopes on those cute little hand-held readers, drowning us in an electronic-but-boring shroud of black text on white. With this anemic acumine, they white-washed and gave away almost every public domain classic ever written, sucking the identity/dignity out of each, while burying the humanitarian electronic promise of an evolved reading process.
"AN EVOLVED READING PROCESS"?
I shall be suggesting here, via several book projects, something I call "graphic reading modularization"). Ironically, our having all these public domain works at our grave-digging fingertips could be somewhat providential -- but only if we use this resource to make effective tribute to the painstaking sacrifices of the original wordsmiths, by taking this promise all the way. A device like, say, Paul Mennega's non-commercial Public Domain Reader, while somewhat Frankensteinian in its auto-reactivating of the brains of the dead (for the benefit of mankind), could become a valuable spade in developing this process.
THE PAPERLATION EXPLOSION / NANOS IN THE WOODWORK / HOW TO READ AN E-BOOK GO
The marketing structure for enhanced electronic text, let alone for anything like "graphic reading modularization", just does not exist. So, to that invisible Diaspora of inspired science fiction / science fantasy designer-writers who would take cyber-writing "to the max", I offer this site as a place for showcasing such projects as a non-commercial venture toward establishing Graphic Reading as a literary genre. So, first... the visual experiences which inspired Annabel Blue Cannibal, the first completed Graphic Reading Module.
H.R. GIGER CONT...
Macabre fantasy affords most rational minds a healthy departure, "opening the gates" for additional floods of input -- let's see whether or not my choices of H.R. Giger works in the...
GigerQuake 3d art gallery / VRML art gallery tribute
can't leave you, as "a visiting friend of the GRM Matrix"... transfixed! -- displays in VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) Browsers -- best results / designed using MSIE 5 and Cortona Client (click above link for free browser plug-in download / installation!).
This non-commercial free use of certain Quake II-source materials is protected by GNU General Public License.
Since 1999, GNU's GPL has been supported by Quake II's parent company id Software Inc., whose open source policy concerning free, non-commercial usage can be found here
QUAKE, QUAKE II, AND QUAKE III
Quake is that bold virtual reality pixel-shooter from id Software, which has remodelled the macabre fantastic into a virtual reality three-dimensional (3d) experience (not to mention Doom and Tomb Raider).
Get another taste of the expansive and ingeniously designed Quake II environment, at a showcase of art created for my Graphic Reading Module Annabel Blue Cannibal, in the
AnnaQuake 3d art gallery / VRML art gallery
also designed using MSIE 5 and the free Cortona Browser (download above). Actually. being as its design did precede and provide a kind of "floor plan" for placing H.R. Giger's works in the GigerQuake VRML virtual reality 3d art gallery environment above, the comparison is somewhat illuminating.
WHY THE MATRIX?
The Matrix movie's biomech design and digitally enhanced combat choreography inspired me in my writing and development of the Annabel Blue Cannibal GRM, and partly in the naming of this website). You see, The WordWeb Dictionary defines "matrix" as: [2 of 5]Speaks volumes, n'est pas? I was also inspired by the music of Philip Glass and David Bowie, but that's another story.
an enclosure within which something originates or develops
(from the Latin for womb)
TO LINK WITH THE MATRIX ...
...you already must be offering for free a few non-commercial, edifying pages of text imbedded in visually-rich and moderately aurally-orientated media as an accurate sample of a much larger, completed work. I submit to you the URL to my installment from the first two GRM Matrix-Indexed Graphic Reading works,
Annabel Blue Cannibal
and my second, Abbacy of the Holy Blood / Holy Grail Eugenic Mermaid Brides (both designed for use with MSIE 4+), as models of what I am looking for. Some rules are: 1. No black print on white. 2. No cartoons-- there are graphic novels, and then, there is Graphic Reading. 3. Impressionistic images should be used as unintrusive backgrounds and design elements, instead of distracting from the text. 4. No obscene content-- eros, okay. 5. Shoot for cohesive, dedicated, intelligent, non-violent Giger / Quake / Matrix - like graphic impressionism / escapism.
YOUR GRAPHIC READING MODULE MATRIX LINKAGE
Initially, I propose the GRM Matrix begin as a mutual link-up site for our like websites. If you precisely fit the above profile, then please fill in and submit the form (see below). Welcome to Graphic Reading! Colin James McKinlay, a retired 57-year- old vegetarian teacher of reading, March 2003. P.S. Sorry, I cannot lend you any technical assistance or respond to any suggestions or comments. Also, any advertisement, whatever its nature, will be excluded from this database, and/or disregarded. P.P.S. GRM Matrix indexing of sites is tailored to be highly selective, and will not proceed without a second confirmation. If your description and website is found to be positive to the profile stated above, I should attempt to e-mail you within the next 24 hours. And, good luck to us all!
The GRM Matrix Links to Date
1. Annabel Blue Cannibal by Colin James McKinlay (FULL SCREEN FORMAT): an early segment from a 45,000 word Graphic Reading Module novel about an order of high-tech female clones managing the apocalypse. In it, a young cannibal woman named Annabel is chosen to cross into Death and rescue Earth’s lost men. This graphical, interactive sf adventure to "save the species", written and designed by a teacher of reading, is non-violent and information-driven.
2. Abbacy of the Holy Blood / Holy Grail Eugenic Mermaid Brides Colin James McKinlay (FULL SCREEN): an early segment from a book-lengthed speculative GRM re: the bizarre, mythic geneologies of the Royal Family (shelved since Diana's death, after 5 years this material, now updated and re-wriiten, is here re-activated).
Annabel Blue Cannibal and Graphic Reading Module Matrix and
Abbacy of the Holy Blood / Holy Grail Eugenic Mermaid Brides
© Copyright 2003 by Colin James McKinlay