Sea Silk for Sea Goddess

Guess what Fisherwoman is going to be wearing the next time she appears in a Phantacea Publications’ release, which may well be the next Phantacea Publications’ release?

Then again maybe this is what Sea Goddess is putting on in this detail taken from pH-4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979

Ian Bateson artwork circa 1979 for pH-4, modified by Jim McPherson, 2013 4sea_hagfish

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If it’s still online, hit the next blue highlight for the complete BBC Magazine article on Sardinian Sea Silk. Some rather interesting historical notes made therein. Here’s a sample:

Sea Silk is … “an ancient thread, known as byssus, which is mentioned on the Rosetta stone and said to have been found in the tombs of pharaohs.

“Some believe it was the cloth God told Moses to lay on the first altar. It was the finest fabric known to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and one of its remarkable properties is the way it shines when exposed to the sun, once it has been treated with lemon juice and spices.”

Uncredited shot of a Sardinian woman stretching sea silk, taken from the BBC Magazine online

Uncredited shot of a Sardinian woman stretching sea silk

Apparently it comes from a clam, though equally amazingly the clam is unharmed by the extraction.

Reminds me of a long ago, maybe even long lost, pHantaBlog entry that featured these shots of hagfish slime:

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Shot of someone holding up translucent slime from a hagfish from an article in BBC Magazine 1 April 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21954779)

Shot of a woman holding up hagfish with translucent slime, taken from BBC Magazine online 1 April 2013

Shot of a woman holding up hagfish with translucent slime from BBC Magazine 1 April 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21954779)

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pHanta-Sites pHinally pHone pHriendly

Of course Webmeister Oz always insisted they were but Google Analytics begged to differ. Actually it didn’t beg anything. It just generated an email and sent it to Oz.

More here.

Welcoming portal for pH-Webworld as of Spring 2015

Entry port for pH-Webworld, first appeared in the 2015 Spring update

BTW, pH-Webworld has been online since 1996. It’s where Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, deposits most of the notes and graphics he comes up with re his characters, concepts and storylines.

The Serendipity and Phantacea entries should not be missed. Additional worthwhile lynx can be found from the Glossary page as well as, as one might expect, both the Menu and Features pages.

Happy reading, even if it is on your phone and not a big TV or computer screen.

 

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Nuclear Aardvark

Cover for a protest comic that appeared in Saskatchewan ca 1978

Cover for a protest comic that appeared in Saskatchewan ca 1978

The logo for the DRAGON detector, taken from TRIUMF's home page online

The logo for the DRAGON detector, taken from TRIUMF’s home page online

Being an exchange of emails between Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, and his brother, Rob McPherson, a particle physicist who maintains an office at TRIUMF (Tri-University Meson Facility, if you have to know), which is situated in the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands.

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Dragon TRIUMF

10/29/13

Greetings

B&W cover intended for "Centauri Island", an unpublished issue of the Phantacea Phase One project; artwork by Ian Bateson, mid-Eighties

B&W cover intended for “Centauri Island”, an unpublished issue of the Phantacea Phase One project; artwork by Ian Bateson, mid-Eighties

Was seeing if ‘Nuclear Dragons‘ googled up yet and look what I came across?

The second is the cover for an underground comic protesting uranium mining that came out of Saskatchewan (http://comixjoint.com/nucleardragonsattack.html) 2 years before the back cover of pH-6 came out (1980, though the attached Phantacea image is from later on).

You both might be familiar with the first one (http://dragon.triumf.ca/home.html).

And of course I had no idea either existed until I did the search.

Could be a future Serendipity and Phantacea entry here (http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#TheList).

Jim McPherson

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Bonus Points for starting acronyms with an ‘A’

10/30/13

Physicists spend years coming up with cute acronyms for projects.

At TRIUMF alone there are particle detectors “DRAGON”, “TITAN”,
“TIGRESS” and “GRIFFIN” to name just a few.  The CERN collaboration
that Isabel [Trigger, Rob’s wife] and I work on, “ATLAS”, was named following an internal contest.

ATLAS originally stood for “A Toroidal Lhc ApparatuS”.  Now our official
policy is that we’re just “ATLAS” as a proper name with no associated acronym (since our acronym expansion is a bit silly).

Oh, you get bonus points if your collaboration/experiment/collaboration name starts with the letter “A” because things usually get listed alphabetically and it always helps with things like media coverage if you’re first in the list.

I’m not actually aware of anyone coming up with a name/acronym for “AARDVARK” in physics yet, but I’m sure it’s not for lack of effort.

Has a nice ring, doesn’t it, “the Nuclear Aardvark” ?

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Which came first – the ‘… Brus’ or the ‘… Bus’

Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

10/30/13

Interesting. And entertaining.

There is of course a comic book aardvark. Dave Sim, the fellow who drew the entirety of pH-1, named him Cerebus. Sim also drew the No Name/Defiance section in pH-2, which comes into play in the first quarter of the new novel.

That issue debuted my character [Cyborg] Cerebrus. Since I’d met Sim the summer of 1978 and asked him to consider drawing the Damnation Isle story that rounded up pH-2, I always reckoned he appropriated my character for his aardvark. Since I rarely saw him afterwards, I never did ask him which came first: the ‘…brus’ or the ‘…bus’.

I could put this exchange on pHantaBlog as it is interesting but not sure how that would sit with either of you or the Feds. What do you think? (Got plenty of registrants for pHantaBlogwww.phantacea.com/blog/ – but not actually sure anyone reads it as rarely get more than spam in comments section.)

Still have a link to your CERN website (between-space, sort of) on the bibliography page: http://www.phantacea.info/biblio~1.htm#t-lynx.

Jim McPherson
Creator/Writer/Publisher
The PHANTACEA Mythos

BTW, last I looked pH-1 and pH-2 are both still online, respectively here and here. Massive things, though, so you’ll pardon me if I don’t put them online myself. Might do a reprint one day, though.

As for the Ink Stains article they came from, that’s here. I offered the writer, Ken Meyer Jr, an opportunity to read and review "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" but never heard back from him. His loss, as far as I’m concerned.
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Nuclear Non-Dragons

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 No, it wasn’t either a bad dream or a false memory; it happened

On 23 January 1961 an American “B-52 plane went into an uncontrolled spin over North Carolina” and dropped not one, but two Hydrogen Bombs!

Image taken from BBC article online re the North Carolina dropped H-Bomb

Image taken from BBC article online re the North Carolina dropped H-Bomb

Evidently, “one fell to the ground unarmed. But the second “assumed it was being deliberately released over an enemy target – and went through all its arming mechanisms save one, and very nearly detonated over North Carolina … Only the failure of a single low-voltage switch prevented disaster.”

Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24183879

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Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

An H-Bomb that went off 8 years earlier on Salvation Island in the South Pacific figures in the back-story of both Launch 1980 full length novels: “The War of the Apocalyptics” and, as one might expect, “Nuclear Dragons“.

Here’s one such reference:

A Summoning Child like so many eventual supranormals, he was killed on Christmas Day 1953, during an unannounced explosion of a hydro­gen bomb on a South Sea lump of land howsoever presciently named Salvation Island by grateful, 16th Century, Portuguese missionaries to Micronesia (presumably because the natives never tried to eat them). Being thus vapourized was, to be put it mildly, a hell of way to celebrate one’s 33rd birthday.

This particular Summoning Child was one of number born on Christmas Day 1920. His name was Jesus Mandam. He’s definitely dead but there is some suggestion that his Callion-Clone is still with us in 1980.

Significantly the designs Jess or Jesse, as everyone except his even longer gone mother (Mary Magdalene born Ryne, Abe Ryne’s hence equally born-with-the-century twin sister), called him on a daily basis, made while he was still alive were left in the Soviet Supracity after his death.

They formed the basis for, among many other things, a good percentage of the technology that went into the Cosmic Express. And, as per the book’s back cover text here, its launch and subsequent (apparent) destruction are finally, if as yet perhaps not fully, described in the latest Phantacea Mythos entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle as released by Phantacea Publications.

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

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

pH-Webworld character lynx

Do we know who was born with Nergal Vetala, the once again Vampire Queen of the Dead in Tantalar 5980, inside her on Christmas Day 1920?

In pHantacea-pHact, we do as of “Goddess Gambit“.  (Truth told, those who followed the Phantacea Web Serials knew that a long time ago.) It’s

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More Mother Machine comes to Earth

Not too long ago I put up lynx to a story I saw in the Vancouver Sun that I entitled: “Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore”. The original posting’s here:  http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=115.

The entry was posted in Phantacea and Travels, which might have been a mistake. I tagged it: ,.

Well, here we go again: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20972018. This time scientists are at least printing food, not guns. The article’s entitled: ‘Modern Meadow aims to print raw meat using bioprinter.’

It brings to mind Jordan Tethys’s complaint from “Goddess Gambit” to the effect that the beer produced in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon was undrinkable:

“Even if Golgotha Nauroz and his wife, Gethsemane, made a passable homebrew, they couldn’t get it quite right. As for the frothy fakery the processors produced, it tasted more like the swill you regurgitated after you’ve had way, way, too much real beer.”

You have been warned.

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

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

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Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore

For those of you pHaithful pHans of Phantacea, ones who followed pHant serials years ago on what’s now www.phantacea.info but was Phantacea on the Web (pH-Webworld then as now), here’s a link to a story entitled “3D Printers make guns”. I spotted it the other day on p B4 of the Vancouver Sun, December 22, 2012: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Click+print+shoot+Guns+made+printers+will+reality+sooner+than+think+says+politician/7736912/story.html

Scary stuff, I grant you. However, does this or does this not remind you of the ending to “The Weirdness of Cabalarkon”? Does me, hence why it qualifies as a Serendipitous Sighting. (For many more, click here.)

BTW, Weird’s ending is not revealed in its synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) but I might as well remind (or tell) you that it involves efforts made by 5980’s Master of Weir to replicate, um, something using the Weirdom’s 6000 year old reconstruction of Old Weir’s Mother Machine.

Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear,

I’ve used this shot to represent Blind Sundown for years. The artist is Fernando Castro Pacheco (January 26, 1918 – ). The artwork is in the Governor’s Palace in Merida, Mexico. The hall where I shot it is open to the public.  It should be a must-see for anyone who visits Merida. (Uxmal is kind of neat as well.)

I believe Pacheco himself still lives in Merida. Google him up; impressive stuff. One link is here: http://yucatantoday.com/en/topics/castro-pacheco-murals. But there are better ones.

 

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