onsdag 28 december 2016

Eftermiddag i Antropolis


This is a post in Swedish presenting a picture of "Antropolis," my fictitious city.




Antropolis är staden som är alla städer. Den är belägen i astralvärlden, i drömtidens icke-tid.

Bilderna visar Avenyn i Antropolis någon gång, någon dag i denna icke-tid.




Relaterat
Köp Antropolis på SF-Bokhandeln
Mer info om romanen
Antropolitansk profil 1: Hadar Lacq
Antropolitansk profil 2: Elander Lysion
Antropolitansk profil 3: Gotsis Fripp

måndag 26 december 2016

From My Collection of Model Soldiers

I have a collection of military miniatures, collected since my early childhood. They are kept in store in a secret location Beyond the Beyond, only accessible by pump trolley along a disused railroad track. This is a selection of my plastic figures.





1. German WW II soldier, 1/32, Airfix. Actually an Afrika Korps soldier that I've painted in regular, "mainland Europe" garb. How to paint figures like these, see caption for figure 7. Details aside, learning how to paint these ready-cast, one-piece, unpainted-on-delivery figures has been a process over the years, and now I'm reasonably satisfied with the result, the highlighting giving the figure some depth, some stature, some Gestaltkvalität as the Germans say.


2. Ready-made, factory painted Britains figure, 1/32, medieval archer.


3. Various (click on the picture for blow-up).


4. Vitrine.


5. Britains and Herald indians, 1/32, factory painted.


6. German 1/32 soldier, probably Matchbox. Painted by yours truly.


7. American Paratrooper, 1/32, Airfix, painted by me in a kind of highlighting fashion gained by priming the figure in light grey, then letting it dry. Then it's about painting it in olive drab, then, while paint is still wet, rubbing some of it off with a cloth. Further, the face is done by first painting it in flesh (and letting it dry), then adding a darker color, then wiping this off. This results in having the darker paint only settle in the cavities of the face, gaining some sort of detailed paint job without having to add every single brush stroke for this. -- Details like boots, weapon, belt are then painted, done without fuss, no highlighting.


8. The previous figures, both Airfix and Britains, are solid, one-piece ones, cast in one single piece. The one in this picture is an assembled model from Taimya, 1/35, panzer grenadier, with parts like body, arms, weapon, helmet glued together. This allows for a rather fine detail job, easy to paint before assembly. I assembled this figure while I was, say, 16 or 17, and it still looks quite good -- despite absence of highlighting in the painting, that was an unknown feature back in the day. In comparison, figure 1, 6 and 7 have been painted by me this year as a middle aged artist.


9. Various.


10. Various.




Related (in Swedish)
Kluge: "Slaget"
Melina Starr -- agent i befrielsen av Sverige
Castanedas värld: en ordlista
Recension på svenska av Jüngers "Der Kampf als inneres Erlebnis"

lördag 24 december 2016

Merry Christmas Everybody


Indeed.




It's Christmas. And I'll celebrate it with this picture of me as a six-year-old at pre-school, doing a mosaic. Color and pizazz, then as now. Enthroned on a part of my opus.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. And acknowledge the I AM, the divine light within.




Related
Nordic Sphinx (poem)
The New Improved Sun (poem)
Secular Hymns -- Ordinary Songs With Religious Feel
Who Are the Ascended Masters?

onsdag 21 december 2016

New Book in the Pipe


Acclaimed author Lennart Svensson has written another ground-breaking work.




If everything goes according to plan, the next title by Lennart Svensson will be Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man.

The publisher is Hadean Black, Australia.

The new title, Actionism, is a moral statement and a selfhelp guide, teaching you to sum up your will and become a Responsible Man.

Actionism is a perennially footed, esoterically oriented selfhelp guide. It's a vortex of erudition and experience, an ethic for the active and educated man and woman.

Read more about it on the publisher's website.




Related
Forthcoming: Actionism
Borderline (2015)
Secular Hymns
The image is a bust of Julius Caesar, a man by way of Shakespeare quoted in Actionism: "I am the brother of danger... I am like the northern star... I am not afraid to tell grey-beards the truth...!"

söndag 18 december 2016

Written 18/12 2016


Good evening.



You see the image above. It's a view from Antropolis, city of cities, all cities and none. More can be read about it in my eponymous Swedish language novel, "Antropolis".

Here's a link to it (in Swedish). Not that I'm trying to sell it. I guess many are tired of buying stuff now, just before Christmas. It's just that many want to have links to stuff in any blog post.

Anyhow, this image is from Antropolis. Specifically, what we see is the Regimental Facility = "Regementets stad" in the book.

These are barracks. In Swedish, "kaserner". In German, "Kaserne". Makes you think of the song, "In den Kasernen, da warten sie -- auf menschen Brüdern, da schiessen sie."

Now I'll go and read Monier-Williams Sanskrit dictionary. Or whatever. Pre-Christmas coma prevailing.




Related (in Swedish)
Antropolis
Blogginlägg från oktober

tisdag 6 december 2016

"Science Fiction Seen from the Right" Reviewed


An important thing for a published book is to be reviewed. This is part of the reception of the book. And now the first review of Science Fiction Seen from the Right has seen light of day.




The first review of Science Fiction Seen from the Right has been published. James O’Meara of Counter-Currents has meticulously read my essay, and meticulously pointed out this and that in the case. Read the review here.

You could say that the review is about 51% positive about the book. The later part of the review has some praise for it. With that in mind, there’s also some criticism aired.

As for instance regarding the traditional angle of the book.

O’Meara intimates that the book isn’t really covering traditional strains. For instance, he says that Herbert’s Dune would be “pretty much the only – book/author that fits” the traditional costume.

To this, I, as the author of the book, say: with the method employed by O’Meara, not even Dune would pass the traditionalist test. For in book 2 of the series, Dune Messiah, Herbert reverses everything heroic and grand about book 1, Dune. And God Emperor of Dune (book 4) can be read as a scathing criticism of monarchy, feudalism, religion and all. As I say in my study, Herbert had this “bipolar” strain and it’s all over the Dune series. It has instances of “anti-tradition” throughout, along with the glorious archaism and traditionalism.

The thing of it is, to find 20th century authors showcasing traditional ideals isn’t easy. There virtually aren’t any thoroughbred traditional fiction authors nowadays. Examine them closely and out comes a man that might seem like a flaming liberal in many cases. True, we do have essayists like Evola and Guénon stating what tradition is and is not. However, when looking at 20th century fiction, I find it more fruitful to examine authors who may not “be” textbook traditionalists, but who “represent” traditional strains.

With this in mind, I think it’s justified to speak of for instance Heinlein and traditionalism. For instance, look at him when he (in Space Cadet) has a general saying that an officer must be “a true and noble knight”. And when he in Glory Road has the hero giving a beginner a lecture on how to be heroic. In modern literature it doesn't get any more traditional than that.

Further, it’s justified to speak of traditionalism when looking at Tolkien and C. S. Lewis with their worlds imbued by “the feudal spirit” and faith. It’s justified to examine the authors the way I do because — again — maybe they would fail a traditionalist exam — but, the important thing is what they in critical cases “represent” — and that, to me, is traditionalism. They acknowledge eternal values like duty, honor, courage, faith and justice.

That is why my general outlook still holds, I figure.

True, in some instances I might profit from what O’Meara calls “minuscule Tradition” along with the defining, “majuscule Tradition”. The attitude of fleshing out the study with “ordinary conservatism” along with the cutting edge, archaic Traditionalism. However, this I put up on the “grey area” account. And maybe I should have supplied some disclaimers regarding this in the introduction. You can’t have too many disclaimers these days, I’ve noticed.

However, I do have disclaimers in the book. Like regarding Heinlein. Which I both give pride of place in the book, giving him chapter 1 to shine in plus a major part of the last chapter. To me, he is the “iconic” right-wing SF writer because he gloriously represents the conservative, traditional mindset in SF garb. Then, of course, he also had liberal and libertarian attitudes and this I note. I do “disclaim” Heinlein as a Traditionalist stalwart through and through. Yet, in many a good book he represented conservative attitudes and for this he will, to me, remain the iconic SF rightwinger for ever and ever amen.

Another thing. The book is not a translation, as O’Meara intimates. It was written in English, by me, from start to finish.

The review is critical. Some criticism is delivered...! But — as hinted, there’s some praise too. In all, it’s a fine text doing the book some justice. Do read it, I say.




Related
Svenssongalaxen Presentation of the Book
Buy the Book on Amazon
Buy the Book on Adlibris
Counter-Currents Reviews my SF Essay

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