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Yes, fonts. And signage/semiotics. Typeset in the Future answers all your SF font-based needs - for example

https://typesetinthefuture.com/2014/12/01/alien/

which gives a close-up look at the whole variety of warning labels and identification tags from the Nostromo, as well as some surprising details about the ship's self-destruct keyboard ...
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.

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That guy really needs to get a life!
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I for one welcome this valuable service ... where else can you get a close-up of the Semiotic Standard For All Commercial Trans-Stellar Utility Lifter And Heavy Element Transport Spacecraft?

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I know people who are into fonts and typography and will love this.

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I'm not into fonts, and I can't believe I've actually read the article...
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Disembodied wrote:Yes, fonts. And signage/semiotics. Typeset in the Future answers all your SF font-based needs - for example

https://typesetinthefuture.com/2014/12/01/alien/

which gives a close-up look at the whole variety of warning labels and identification tags from the Nostromo, as well as some surprising details about the ship's self-destruct keyboard ...
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.
What an odd coincidence you would publicize that site the same day its hosting plan expires and it all goes 404.

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Wildeblood wrote:What an odd coincidence you would publicize that site the same day its hosting plan expires and it all goes 404.
Whatchoo talkin' about, Wildeblood? It's all still up and running for me ... I've just read the "How to make your text look futuristic" article - available (to me, at least) here:

https://typesetinthefuture.com/2016/02/18/futuristic/

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Disembodied wrote:"How to make your text look futuristic"
I think this was the problem I had trying to read that Stross novel - too 'futuristic' for easy reading.
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It might depend on the edition. The editions I have of his SF novels (e.g. Accelerando, Halting State etc.) use Bank Gothic for chapters and running heads, but the text is in something reliably readable like Sabon. These are all A-format paperbacks: maybe, now that he's got more successful and is getting published in the more prestigious B-format, someone has taken the opportunity to re-set them in some peculiar font.

Publishers are prone to dicking about with these things, especially now that more and more books are typeset by people who know how to use the software but not necessarily how to typeset a book. For example, I quite like the fantasy works of James Blaylock, but recently his publisher has taken to printing his more steampunk-esque novels in sepia ink - which is all very clever-clever, but does tend to make me think I'm starting to go blind.

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Wildeblood wrote:What an odd coincidence you would publicize that site the same day its hosting plan expires and it all goes 404.
I was wrong, the site is still there, but has some server misconfiguration "issues".

If you go to https://www.typesetinthefuture.com it works, but the URLs you've posted, to https://typesetinthefuture.com don't work. Site owner has not configured the server to respond to that domain.

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Wildeblood wrote:If you go to https://www.typesetinthefuture.com it works, but the URLs you've posted, to https://typesetinthefuture.com don't work. Site owner has not configured the server to respond to that domain.
Odd - those URLs work fine for me (and they were copied and pasted out of the address bar). And if you google the site, it shows https://typesetinthefuture.com as the address. I attribute it to One Of Those Things ...

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Sepia? That'll look good when the pages have yellowed with age - as you say, clever!


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