Almost Happy Shiny LovecraftThe world economy in 2011 is in a bit of a slump, and politicians are pointing fingers. Environmental issues are all over the news. And the issue of Human-Fish Man marriage remains a source of controversy.Balance of trade is another hot topic: after all, can Earth provide anything else than certain rare earth metals that the Mi-go want to buy?And of course, the eternal question: to blow up R’lyeh or not to blow up R’lyeh?************************************************** ****************In spite of the bile of such non-human haters as Rhode Island senator and two-time presidential candidate HP Lovecraft, most of humanity has generally adopted to becoming part of a much larger universe. After all, if it were not for the revival of the Elder Things now restarting the civilization of Antarctica in the Amazon, technology would be much less developed: if it were not for the knowledge of Blue-Lit K’n-Yan, humans would still be without proof of the existence of the soul.
28 WHATEVERS LATER28 WHATEVERS LATERThe Rage virus was discovered as a side effect of the human genome project.The virus had hid within the genetic code of humanity and its ancestors for eons, and might well have not been discovered for generations: luck and chance played a major role in its discovery.Human stupidity played the dominant role in its study, though.The discovery that this ancient genetic intruder played a major role in the biochemical roots of aggression led some people to think wow, we may have found the key to ending hatred, others to think wow, we’d better not mess with this sucker, and still others to think wow, bet the military would fork out a lot of cash for research into this.Guess which groups got the funding?Who the bright boy was that managed to convert the virus into a free-living form remains unknown. However, it was apparently in May of 2002 that it mutated in one of the test animals into a far faster reproducing virus, creating Virus ZR-17, or, as it became popul
I Will Hug Him and Pet Him and Call Him GeorgeJust a silly drabble. Apologies to those with Pony allergy. Inspired by something in the second volume of the comic...It was a bit hard to make out behind the tentacles, but the big, goofy grin was definitely there.Twilight Sparkle had thought they were doomed when the Elements' rainbow blast had no visible effect on their monstrous opponent, and great flabby claws had swept them all up before they could recover. But the beast, rather than devouring them, had swept them up in a hug, and now was making strange crooning noises and actually swaying from side to side a bit. Why, you could positively see little hearts forming over its head.In fact, Twilight realized, there actually were little (relatively speaking) hearts forming over its head: green, vaporous hearts, admitedly, which swelled to Manticore-size before popping with a bad smell. It was kinda sweet, in a grotesque sort of way."Well," she said "I may be too optimistic here, but I think we might be able to call this a qual
Old Testament CosmologyA world with a somewhat old-fashioned cosmology.The world is flat. The continents are arranged roughly as on a Mercator map (although Greenland is of course much smaller. ). A thousand miles of sea east of far Siberia and west of Alaska, there arises a continuous line of mountains twenty miles high. This wall of mountains encircles the world. Beyond it is another three thousand miles of sea. This sea is apparently bottomless and inhabited by vast monsters. Beyond that is a wall of white alabaster, rising fifty miles from the sea. It supports the blue dome of heaven.Radiological studies indicate the world is perhaps 50,000 years old. It is widely accepted that someone created it, although the nature of the Creator remains in dispute. Recent genetic studies indicate that humanity was created in Africa and spread out from there, although some remain huffily convinced of the Multiple Creations theory of human history.The moon and planets emerge from under the Outer Sea and sink under