Author Archives: Hatboy

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/

A Railgun Brain, Part II

Elan leaned over still further and peered at the book. It was a plain, if old, electronic vellum print. It looked like an antique bound book of paper pages, with carved wooden covers, but the vellum leaves within would be … Continue reading

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A Railgun Brain, Part I

The Hell with it. I’m up to about Part XV of this novella and nothing seems to be kicking it into final gear, so maybe posting it on the Hatstand will at least inspire me a little. A Railgun Brain … Continue reading

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Bring Me A Dream

If you watch enough television, as Creepy and I most assuredly do, you begin to get a bit of a feel for how the life cycle goes. For television shows, between seven to ten seasons is considered a good healthy … Continue reading

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Halloween 2021

A week or so back, my very own Wump decided she wanted to host a Halloween party in Bar Äijä’s. Actually she decided this back in August sometime and that was when she started planning it. There was, last I … Continue reading

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Little Soul

Today we found Sandy, our old Siberian dwarf hamster, had curled up in her little house and died. Sandy was a good hamster. She’d lived a long life – over two-and-a-half years – and had been getting steadily scruffier and … Continue reading

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Duckett and Dyer: Dicks for Hire: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Well here we are – or at least here I … Continue reading

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The Chaos Job: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. This week I also read The Chaos Job, Jackpot Drift … Continue reading

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Stars Forever Black: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. My final week of reviewing for the #SPSFC and Team … Continue reading

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Double Edged: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. For the final week of Team Space Lasagna’s round one … Continue reading

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God in the Machine: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Team Space Lasagna took a look at God in the … Continue reading

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