Saturday, October 4, 2014

Follow Friday - Arp 178 Is a Triplet of Galaxies: NGC 56, NGC 5614, and NGC 5615

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Liberamans and Becky's Barmy Book Blog.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Book looks – Your favorite fashions from the books you’ve read.

I'm going to pick the hologram generators used by the Scorpion's gang in Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren. Delany has a couple books in which clothing plays a part in the story, from Triton, where the protagonist's choice of clothing is misinterpreted as a slight against those around him (and is presented as part of his general social cluelessness), or the odd light generating clothing worn by the "antagonists" to prevent conversation in the climatic scene in Stars in My Pocket, Like Grains of Sand. Like pretty much all of the other elements in Delany's books, clothing is deliberately chosen as a means of advancing the story.

In Dhalgren, the Kid goes to Bellona, a city in the center of the United States that is strangely cut off from the rest of the world. There he eventually becomes the leader of the Scorpions, a street gang in which all of the members wear holographic projectors that make them look like various predatory animals - with each member's projector showing a different image. The Kid's projector is malfunctioning, and shows an indistinct, abstract image, which could be seen as a sign of the Kid's mysteriously undefined character. Whether or not this is the case, the projectors are both interesting and very cool, so they are my literary fashion pick.

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