Alien Island by T.L. Sherred (Ballantine)
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The designer of Template, Robert “Bob” Williamson, is a colorful character. Originally from Canada, he “was, at one time, a miner in the Yukon. Later in life he built up a successful graphic design business in London”.¹ “Robert Williamson Design operated from offices in London’s West End for 30 years”.² In 1968, he designed a poster series for the Oxford Committe for Famine Relief (Oxfam), and in 1981, he worked on the logo for WJ Groundwater Ltd. Photo-Lettering accepted seven of his type designs, at least two of which are available in digital form: Williamson Skidoo (as Skidoos) and Williamson Program’32 (as Reboot NF).
“A heart attack persuaded him to change his lifestyle.”¹ “Bob bought a yacht and set sail in 1994. Robert the Bald, as he now refers to himself, says he invaded the island, population 60, on 31 May. He has thrown a 200-mile exclusion zone around the island, declared his girlfriend Liz as Queen Elizabeth, and adopted a letter Q on a yellow background – an internationally recognised sign for quarantine areas – as the kingdom’s flag.” In 1998, he “surfaced, after a long period travelling the high seas, claiming to be King of the Caribbean island of Redonda.”²
“As a writer he published many stories, one of which was his trip to Russia to have built a replica of the old sailing galleons, in 3 inch thick softwood! Getting together a scratch crew of eccentrics he then sailed her across the Atlantic to Antigua. Some of the antics of this crew are very entertaining and were included amongst Bob’s many published short stories. His boat appeared very briefly in the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.”¹