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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:35 pm 
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Phil we don't have a retail distribution agreement for Black Static, that's why there is no chance of getting it other than in specialist shops. If you know of a likely place in Manchester and let me know then I will approach them about taking a few copies.

I will be IZ rep at Manchester Central Library on 11 th March for the Incwriters Outstanding Contribution to Literature (Magazines) award event, 6:00-7:30pm on the 11th March 2008. If you are in town I'll have some copies of BS and you can get one from me at the door.

Other Mancunites, same offer applies. My e mail to sort out which issues etc is roy1gray (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.


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Well, another readers random blatherings on the fiction in #2:

IN THE HOLE - Not bad - certainly moody and atmospheric, but perhaps a little too slow and meandering for this reader's tastes.

THE SERPENT AND THE HATCHET GANG - Beyond being a mildly interesting amalgamation of two historical tales this didn't really work as a satisfying story for me. I don't know - it just seemed a little flat and uninvolving.

MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE - I found the twist fairly predictable, but this was still a pleasantly readable little ghost story.

UNKNOWN - At first I'm thinking this is a seemingly rather pointless succession of weirdness, but by the end I've fallen in love with it. Easily the best story in the magazine for me, this is what I love in fiction - material that takes me out of the everyday world into the realm of the utterly bizarre. Very mad, in a very good way.

IN THE SHAPE OF A DRAGON - Worthy, but a simple idea that is rather over extended for my tastes. Not bad, just too damn long. Also I have no idea how this fantasy story has anything in it that lends itself to 'Black Static's' supposed dark/horror fiction vibe, but there you go.

ASH-MOUTH - I found this slightly frustrating, in that we have a great build-up that ultimately doesn't seem to lead anywhere. I was waiting for the fantasic (ie Ash-Mouth itself) to be fully realised at the tale's end but it just ends in a rather anticlimactic fashion. I wanted a bang - I got a whimper.

HOLDING PATTERN - In some ways this plays the same tricks as the preceeding story, with the fanastical elements (which are even slighter) giving way to more mundane horrors, but I found this one much more effective with it's deliciously dark ending. Good stuff,


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Very favourable review of Black Static 2 on SF Revu.

I could take issue with the bandwidth theft, but then the TTA website just doesn't work properly anyway -- once again a link to an uploaded image just results in a 404. It happens a lot, and also seems to be random, and I have no idea how to fix it.


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Andy wrote:
Very favourable review of Black Static 2 on SF Revu.

I could take issue with the bandwidth theft, but then the TTA website just doesn't work properly anyway -- once again a link to an uploaded image just results in a 404. It happens a lot, and also seems to be random, and I have no idea how to fix it.


If it's not consistant, it may be a server-side issue to do with file permissions on the hosting server. Have you tried raising a tech-support ticket? It may be something to do with the virtual host running Apache as a non-root service ...

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OK, it's basically blocking hotlinking to images when not being loaded from a TTASpace web page. I can open any of your images from links in your site (even opening in a new tab) - I can even list the image directories. But if I copy and paste the URL into a new tab, I get the 404 message - because the server's not getting a referer from your domain.

Basically there's a bit of Apache script in these upload folders (or some parent folder in the hierarchy) which will be in a file called .htaccess - the code that's disabling the hotlinking will be in that file. But of course in your case it's probably being created dynamically by WordPress. I'll have a look in the WordPress documentation later to see if I can find anything out about it.

Like you say though, removing the hotlink blocking can have serious implications for your server load. It's better if people download the image and upload it to their own webspace.

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Sam Tomaino reviews Black Static 2 at SFRevu.

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Mike A wrote:
But of course in your case it's probably being created dynamically by WordPress. I'll have a look in the WordPress documentation later to see if I can find anything out about it.


Pretty sure Wordpress doesn't do that "out of the box" - I know none of my sites do, anyway. More likely the .htaccess suggestion, I'd have thought.

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Yes, I had a look at the WordPress documentation and couldn't find anything on the subject. So you could probably just edit the .htaccess file which will be somewhere in the uploads folders hierarchy (or, if not, even in the site root).

But, as I say, it's probably not a good idea, because if high-hit-rate pages start linking to your images it's going to put a heavy burden on you server. It could also be dangerous playing with .htaccess because it also contains the scripts that convert virtual URLs (what you see in the address bar) into real ones (generally calls to a php script with a GET instruction containing the path/item ID).

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