Foreshadowing Phantacea’s Finale

Or, to fay-say it in pHant-pHorm: ‘pHoreseeing pHant’s pHinish. Maybe I should have entitled it “Freespirit Nihila take a Star Turn“. Too late now.

Here’s a statement, taken from Farlex’s Free Dictionary (which, I’m sure you’d agree, could easily be fay-said in phant-pHorm) re Nemesis:

“Nemesis is a hypothetical hard-to-see red dwarf star or brown dwarf, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50,000 to 100,000 AU (about 0.8-1.5 light-years), somewhat beyond the Oort cloud.”

Artist's conception of Nemesis as a red dwarf seen from a nearby debris field with the Sun visible in the center.

Artist’s conception of Nemesis as a red dwarf seen from a nearby debris field with the Sun visible in the center.

Here another statement, one that’s true for sure:

“In Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos, Freespirit Nihila is the name Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance as well as Panharmonium, uses once her Nemesis-persona takes over in Tantalar 5980.”

Her first appearance, in Phantacea Five, will be reprinted in the upcoming graphic novel “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the early daze of whose cover is here. She shows up throughout “Goddess Gambit” as well.

In non-real-time terms, however, she actually debuted in “Contagion Collectors“, circa Year of the Dome 5476:

Her universally admired attractiveness combined with an overstated capacity for compassion – overstated due to her seldom seen and therefore thought-fabulous, as well as ill-natured, Nem­e­sis persona – helped to make the Unity the most popular devil-god­dess of the time, if not necessarily all-time.

Later on …

Her clothing and skin was black and red and fiery orange instead of glowingly golden, butterscotch and/or transitorily dependent on the onlooker’s expectations. Her chains still had the Plates of Justice on their end but now they were serrated like a shipwright’s belt-driven buzzsaw in a stream-fed mill.

As for the wings, well, they were almost never manifest. Fletched more so than feathered, they didn’t just look like flexible, cut-anything razorblades, they probably were.

She so dominated proceedings in the aforementioned “Goddess Gambit“, she even made its front cover, thereby relegating Nergal Vetala, its titular goddess, to the back.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

(BTW, the back cover can be seen here. Its text is here. Its teaser is here. Lynx to excerpts are here. Check out more of the graphics prepared for Gambit here. All are good. So’s the book. Highly recommended.)

5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page


The article goes on to mention Sedna, an “extremely distant planetoid [that] has an extra-long and unusual elliptical orbit around the Sun, well beyond Pluto”. (BTW again, there’s piles more on Pluto here.)

Its discoverer, Mike Brown of Caltech, noted in a Discover magazine article that Sedna’s location doesn’t make sense:

“Sedna shouldn’t be there,” said Brown. “There’s no way to put Sedna where it is. It never comes close enough to be affected by the Sun, but it never goes far enough away from the Sun to be affected by other stars.”

Brown postulates that perhaps a massive unseen object is responsible for Sedna’s mystifying orbit, its gravitational influence keeping Sedna fixed in that far-distant portion of space.

Let’s see … Add an ‘o’ and there’s Smoky Sedona, Byron’s Mouthpiece, who appears in many of the novels, mini-novels, e-books and comic books put out by Phantacea Publications over the years. (The same Sedona made it to the cover of Phantacea Four in 1978.)

There’s also Lake Sedona, in which sits Sraddha Isle, the site of much of the action in “Goddess Gambit“. Its monastery also featured in the 5495 finale of “Janna Fangfingers“.

It couldn’t really be named after an Inuit goddess of the deep, dark sea either. Not in terms of the Phantacea Mythos it couldn’t. Just ask Jim McPherson about that.

As mentioned years ago in a Serendipity Now segment, take away an ‘a’ and keep the added ‘o’ and you have, of course, a different deep and dark: none other than the Moloch Sedon.

He’s one of Phantacea’s cornerstone characters. The Cathonic Zone separating the Inner from the Outer Earth is best known to those living beneath it as the Sedon Sphere.

He usually manifests himself, ever-so-impressively, as the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky and, yes, you might even consider him the main antagonist in the Phantacea Mythos.

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky about to slurp in the Cosmic Express; art by Ian Bateson, ca 1986/7, text and image manipulation by Jim McPherson ca 2008

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky about to slurp in the Cosmic Express; art by Ian Bateson, ca 1986/7; text and image manipulation by Jim McPherson ca 2008

Which is say, in many respects, he’s everyone else’s nemesis. So ask yourself this: If Sedna really shouldn’t be there, then how did it get there and when?

After all, it wasn’t discovered until 2003. Could it have been there forever or, um, might it not have been moved there sometime after, say, oh, late April 1986 perhaps?

Wouldn’t want to speculate, naturally. There is many a mention of the Soviet Supracity in the epic Launch 1980 story cycle, however. And where might it have been precisely?

As a matter of pHantacea-pHact, as per “Nuclear Dragons” it’s in the same place it was in December 1955:

There, in an already partially con­structed super city hidden in the Soviet Ukraine, they would con­tinue the quintessential work his martyred cousin, Jesus Mandam, the two years’ dead King Conqueror, left for him to complete — facilitating the hege­mony of ‘uber­mensch’, the over-man.

If he didn’t succeed where Mandam failed, the inferior, rutting rabble that made up humanity would inevitably lay to ruin the entire world with their endless wars and hideous weapons of mass destruction.

“Join me!” the Magnificent Psycho shouted into their skulls “Join our cause! It is the normal, not the supranormal, who must be subjugated.”



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5 thoughts on “Foreshadowing Phantacea’s Finale

  1. I was going to quibble with your usage of lynx when you only provided one link (note correct usage). Then I hit it and realized that that one link was to a slideshow, which of course involves a number of links.
    (Note alternative word usage. Note also I’m not pHeeling pHantasticallly pHortified today.).

  2. pHantastically-pHortified here again.
    There’s a doc out there somewhere on, um, that place, the one that couldn’t possibly be the Soviet Supracity on account of you obviously just made that up.
    Very eerie shots. Overgrown playgrounds and the like. Not sure if the photographers had to wear radiation suits like your Hell’s Horsemeat but they probably should have.
    I’ll see if I can find some links for my next posting.

    • Thanks for comment, blog_me. Surprised you misspelled lynx but maybe your spell-checker wasn’t set up for proper pHant-pHorms. I like your new moniker, though.
      I gather you didn’t get as far back as Nuclear Poop ( Or at least, if you did, you chose not to comment on it. Shame. I just wish some of *.pl crew would leave comments. It would make having had to open up all the registration emails WordPress sends me on them at least somewhat worthwhile.

      At any rate, you’re right. The Soviet Supracity could not possibly be called Pripyat on account of I made it up. However, the first syllable reminds me of this bit, also from “Janna Fangfingers“.

      Tethys had no use for Gottfried-Kenton-types. They were all smiles and no soul. Facile, understanding, sympathetic, most things to most people, not so much ingratiating as wormy, he was the kind of person who spent more time flossing his teeth than using them to eat. In another time or place he would have been a confidence trickster. Still was, Tethys was sure. They just had another word for it these days: public relations professional. PRP, pronounced prip, as in prick. Sounded like something made up for a crossword puzzle.

      And what do you think the name of the SPM Janna’s husband is? Yataghan, Yat for short. That means your comment would qualify as a serendipitous sighting (prip + Yat = Pripyat) had it been made on the right page.
      There are stacks more Serendipity and Phantacea on pH-Webworld, if you’d care to be a gosling and have a gander. A list of its lynx (note correct spelling) is here: A link to some of those pictures you mentioned is here:

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