Cross-stitch inspired by Alfred Bester's DEMOLISHED MAN


Kate sez, "I just finished a cross-stitch inspired by the famous Alfred Bester book The Demolished Man. I am a PhD student in cognitive science, so I couldn't resist turning the Greek symbol for 'psi' and logic symbol for negation (the tilde) into decorative details! I hope you like it. I made it for my husband who has inspired me towards post WWII science fiction." Link (Thanks, Kate!)

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  1. now there’s a STORY. That one also had/has one of the richest lodes of imagery and original ideas – they’re still mining it today.

  2. Fantastic design and idea. I discovered Alfred Bester 20 years or so ago and stalked used bookstores, garage sales, and flea markets in search for as much of his writing as I could find. It’s wonderful seeing your work and mention of a terrific author. Thank you.

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    Disemvowelled as spam. –TNH

  4. This is the most brilliantly wonderful thing ever in my entire day.
    Thanks for sharingit.

  5. Gully Foyle is my name
    and Terra is my nation
    …and I crosstitch in my spare time
    and ebay my creations…

  6. #8 Vanwall: Tenser, said the Tensor…..

    Dang it… that only leaves:

    Moses supposes his toeses are roses
    But Moses supposes erroneously

    Danny Kaye was an Esper, right? Right?

    Theda thought Thora was thumping her thimble
    But Thomas thought Thora was thumping her drum

    //Out of my head, funnyman!//

    When Charley is charming and chooses a cheddar
    Then chews it and chips it and chops in some chives

    //Ohmigod, nooo!//

  7. Was Bestor’s book an inspiration for Phillip K. Dick? And isn’t PhD in “Cognitive Science” a pretentious way of a saying doctorate in Psychology? The more I think about this project, the more it bothers me to think a statement of protest and rebellion is co-opted for the most harmless and traditional of past-times. What’s next? A corset with embroidered George Orwell quotations? Do I hear James Tiptree Jr rolling in the grave?

  8. Eustace,

    That’s hysterical, but I wonder how many sampler nerds there are that would even get it.

  9. Maybe that last reference was too obscure. I’ve just finished: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips Great biography about a really interesting woman.

  10. And isn’t PhD in “Cognitive Science” a pretentious way of a saying doctorate in Psychology?

    It might be… iff I was doing a PhD in psychology.

    The more I think about this project, the more it bothers me to think a statement of protest and rebellion is co-opted for the most harmless and traditional of past-times.

    I’m interested that you construe such a past time as ‘harmless and traditional’ as though it were an essential property of creative endeavour. There’s a lot of power in these old crafts, more than you might realize.

  11. I LOVE the contrast between the “statement of protest and rebellion” and the “most harmless and traditional of past-times.”

    But that’s just me. I love contrast. I guess I could see how some people don’t like contrast or irony, and would only appreciate statements of protest and rebellion when spelled out in spraypaint or broken glass. But then, if I was doing a project like this, those people would not be my target audience. I don’t want art that tastes like pureed steamed carrot baby food. Give me art that tastes like my own blood and teeth, or dirt and hate, or bananas and burnt tires. Or protest and rebellion.

    I love it, thank you for sharing.

  12. A corset with embroidered George Orwell quotations?

    The chance that such a thing exists in New York, San Francisco or Tokyo borders on 100%. In fact, let me check my underwear drawer.

  13. Eustace @9: totally cracked me up.

    I’d like to see someone cross-stitch a poster for Formyle’s Four Mile Circus.

    Kill Vorga!

  14. I might never have read Bester if it weren’t for all the references to him in SF lit in general (Asimov & Heinlein to name two who read him and in interviews and other writings referred to him positively).

  15. Registrado, @#10:

    Danny Kaye was an Esper, right? Right?

    I think you meant “Donald O’Connor” — the other Danny Kaye.

  16. Omigod – how odd to come to boingboing and see things my friends have done. Good work, Kate!

  17. Cuvtixo, dismissing an entire realm of activity as “harmless” — especially a traditionally feminine one — in the same breath that you dismiss an entire field of scientific endeavor does not do you proud.

  18. This cross-stitch is a beautiful thing and only a true and intelligent Bester fan would put in the symbols as well, so much a part of his dazzling wit and word play.

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