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A Voyage to Arcturus in The National (Scotland) and other updates
26 July 2020
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The Sunday edition of the Scottish newspaper The National this week reprints the first two chapters of A Voyage to Arcurus as part of its "Classic first Scottish chapters" series (which has also included Robert Louis Stevenson's Kindapped, J M Barrie's Peter Pan, and George MacDonald's Lilith). The online version is here, while this tweet shows the Seven Days supplement cover, featuring David Lindsay's text over Karl Friedrich Schinkel's 1815 design for the "Temple scene" in The Magic Flute.

And some other news round-up items:

• The Gateless Gate (aka Allister Thompson) released his The Voiceless Voice album in July via Bandcamp, featuring a near-12-minute ambient/electronica track called "A Voyage to Arcturus".

• The Zauberspiegel Online site featured a recent short article on A Voyage to Arcturus's inclusion in the Heyne Science Fiction Classics range. (It's in German. Here is a Google translation to English, though it is very rough.)

• This article from The Bookseller (28th May 2020), looks at the new line of Penguin Classics Science Fiction titles, which will include A Voyage to Arcturus. There's no cover image for Arcturus released as yet, but the Bookseller article gives a clue as to how it will look, as all the range will have "simple line drawings to express the warped familiarity of each book", taken from the works of modernist artists. It will be interesting to see what's chosen for Arcturus.

• And, in a neat link to The National's use of Schinkel's Magic Flute design to illustrate its extract from Arcturus, I have recently added to this site a (quite long) article on The Magic Flute and its relevance to Lindsay's novel, including a look at the specific performance he cites (the "Drury Lane presentation") in the first chapter of A Voyage to Arcturus.

News Roundup 2
16 May 2020
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Some more news for the year of A Voyage to Arcturus's centenary year:

• You can watch Phil Moore's musical version of A Voyage to Arcturus at the Voyage to Arcturus Musical page. And there's a review of the show at the Table Water for Two blog. Update to the update: The full musical is available to watch, without country restrictions.

• Douglas Anderson has written an article on the publication of David Lindsay's novel The Violet Apple at his A Shiver in the Archives blog.

• Dan McClenaghan revisits Ron Thomas's 2001 album Scenes From A Voyage to Arcturus in a "reassessing" review at "The architectures of these fourteen compositions seem shaped from the sonic clay of an alien world..."

• Publication of the Penguin edition of A Voyage to Arcturus has been delayed from September (100 years to the month when Methuen first published it) to the end of January 2021 (that's if it's not further delayed by the pandemic).

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