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The Base

Posted Yesterday into Blunty by John Birmingham

From Blunty this morning:

There are lots of things you shouldn't import from America. Gun culture, health insurance schemes and possibly hamburger buns made entirely out of deep fried chicken breasts. Although I'm willing to be talked around on that last one.

One of the dumbest and most dangerous things we could ever drag back across the Pacific, however, is the idea of "the base" in politics.

More here.

But more interesting is BrianC's awesome fanfic below.

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted Yesterday
Good point about the difference due to compulsory voting. On a vaguely related point, the U.S. system where you can identify yourself as a Democrat or a Republican when you initially register to vote seems odd to me. Why is it so? What is the point? In Australia, the idea that elections are a secret ballot is core. Plenty might tell you how they voted, but it is generally considered an anti-democratic impertinence to ask someone.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
Can't you tell just from the newspapers people read?

MickH has opinions thus...

Posted Yesterday
That's because the US isn't a democracy anymore W, its a Oligarchy. It was never truly democratic to begin with.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

Sudragon mutters...

Posted 23 hours ago
Is it possible to be democratic when your demos is 300 million people? How about 1.2 billion (India)? Was the system more or less democratic before radio? television? the internet?

Should we be an oligarchy with, perhaps, an Assassins Guild to keep them on their toes?

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Darth Greybeard would have you know...

Posted 22 hours ago
Dead right Mick. It is indeed an oligarchy and it matters little which party ostensibly wins. The corporations rule either way. Can't see it improving short of a 2nd revolution.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted 12 hours ago
A deep enough economic depression/recession will do it.

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted 21 hours ago
Actually there is some argument that it is now a Plutocracy

damian puts forth...

Posted 20 hours ago
"Plutocratic oligarchy" is not an oxymoron. Far from it.

MickH asserts...

Posted 20 hours ago
Well...Actually most Oligarchies are Plutocratic so...yeah

Shifty Tourist reckons...

Posted 3 hours ago

WHAT!!!! When did Fracking Pluto invade!! Good work NASA, that was billions well spent.

Do you know who I blame? That's right, Thanks Obama!!

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Rhino asserts...

Posted 11 hours ago
Politics crack me up. I studied poli sci and wanted to be a lawyer ... once. Until I read Cohen V. California and had to a paper. Anyway...
What is so funny is how much alike the more extreme sides of each spectrum are. So positive that they have all of the answers. Calling each other names. Lefties calling the Right "maddies" in the comments on Birmo's article. Righties calling the Left pussies, cry-babies, whatever.
All while the political classes in both countries hold onto power.
Idiots. All of us.

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 11 hours ago
Darth Greybeard ... here is the issue with that revolution of which you speak - if indeed you are talking about Seppo Civil War Part Deux.
The people that are most accused of micro-aggression, if not outright racism? The people despised by the intelligentsia for their craven beliefs in Christianity? Yeah, they have 90% of the guns.
Oh, and those guys in the uniforms with all the really big guns? You think that they are going to fire on their families? Some will. Most won't. And, if my experience is any indication, a vast number of the ones that actually use the guns, not the support people, are generally in the same political sphere as those that fuel PETA members nightmares. NRA members. Hunters. Conservative.
Full disclosure, before the trolls get a whiff, I'm a staunch constitutional conservative and a social liberal ... I don't care who you marry, what substances you ingest, what you say, or what you do ... as long as it doesn't effect me or mine.

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Posted 3 hours ago
Oh, sleepless one, that's too good. Ta muchly.

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The Sky Lords - Fanfest 2015 by BrianC

Posted Yesterday into Book Extract by John Birmingham

At first glance I thought this was a Superman crossover. Instead, it's an offstage look at how Dave got himself in this mess. It was somebody else's fault!

Mith-EL turned to see his brother Rah-EL integrate and walk through the mists of the edge towards him. His brother carried with him a resigned expression and was clothed in light and fire. Mith-EL himself chose not to cover what was not flesh in anycase. He had no mortal needs and thought little about mortal matters… usually.

“Brother is this why you have called me here?” Rah-EL indicated the lensing point before them, it was an eccentricity of space and time, a fold in space containing a singularity. The EL could use the lens as a focus to view any place in time and space, and his brother now had it focused on an insignificant world they had not visited for hundreds of millennia. “Look Brother” Mith-EL spoke “That which we had sealed has been sunderd” Mith-EL pointed towards the lens as his brother focused on it, his mind fully realising the whole of the reality of the world encompassing the entirety of all living things, knowing all their hopes and dreams, fears and hates. In that same instant he knew the discordant stench of the other their greed and hate their mind of animal cunning and intelligence. In that same instant he knew of the bore and the seal. He knew the whole of the peril before him.

Rah-EL spoke “Who is responsible, brother” He turned his accusing gaze on Mith-EL, known as the Gardener as he Rah-EL was known as the Judge. “Not I brother, and not Ur-EL either she never tires of her experiments and is beyond the mists seeking answers about the before” He grimaced “Luth-EL is lost to us, banished for her transgressions, as unlikely as it would seem the sentience on this world has broken the seal on the prison of the other.”

He shook his head and wonder and disgust at what he had just said “Impossible!” Rah-EL retorted “But yet how else could it have come to pass, why was the seal in this plane, it was sent beyond never to be opened, Luth-EL sent it hersel…”

Rah-EL’s eyes widened in understanding, and Mith-EL snorted “Her plans where ever complicated and long brother, it took me a while to understand what had happened as well. That is not what concerns me however, it is done. We cannot undo it and even if we could convince Ur-EL to leave her experiments we would not be able to re-seal the prison without Luth-EL, and she is gone. Punished by the EL and sent outside the plane. My concern is the risk, the other in this guise is not without guile it is possible with the example of the intelligence of this world they may spread to other worlds in this region…” Mith-EL trailed off the question implicit “We cannot intervene in the affairs of the mortal intelligences, we are constrained by our purpose. We were able to seal away the other, as it is not of this realm. They fight alone”

“Perhaps not brother, this one interested me.” With a brief gesture the lens changed to show a member of the local intelligence leaping between two local flying machines of unremarkable design and landing. “He carries a weapon of dark purpose and intellect, and more than that brother, know him”

Mith-EL turned to look at his brother indicating the man before them seemingly frozen in mid-air Rah-EL turned his focus to the man, and shook his head again “Strange he seems to have a fragment of the power of the other, but… it remains uncorrupted in him. Even though his man himself is filled with corruption. The power is changing him he’s feeding it and he doesn’t know what its doing.” He turned to Mith-EL “Your doing brother?” Mith-EL shook his head and said “No brother never was I this subtle, this is the work of the Ur-EL, and it is an ancient working set into the seal itself, it seems like even so long ago the Warden did not trust Luth-EL”

“So there is hope?” Rah-EL questioned his brother “Yes Brother there is hope”

“For now”

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted Yesterday


Nice - I enjoyed that.

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Therbs reckons...

Posted Yesterday
What an interesting take. Nicely done.

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Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted Yesterday
Ditto. Damn Sky Lords - I blame them very much.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted Yesterday

Very nicely done and what I'd also like to know is how JB captured a Minecrafted image of Professor X and Greybeard in fanfic garb?

GhostSwirv over and out ... the marking awaits.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
There is a website featuring photos of us together. It is very popular with hot babes. Not that Greybeard or I can do anything about it, but it is still nice to know.

GhostSwirv puts forth...

Posted 24 hours ago

ProfX, that wouldn't be ...

www.awesomerus.com

by any chance?

Ummm just asking for a friend?

GhostSwirv over and out of cheap data

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted 23 hours ago
oldguyswithmoneywhotireeasily.com

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JG asserts...

Posted Yesterday
Cool, Brian. A spectator story. Great to read your view of the interested but somewhat unfazed and removed Sky Lords. They look like Lego props in the pic. Still to come across Sky Lords in Resistance but have now encountered your character, PNB. Classic.

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pitpat would have you know...

Posted 21 hours ago
Thanks Brian was cool

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RESISTANCE spoiler threads are coming

Posted Monday into Writing by John Birmingham

But I'll wait a few more days for the slower kiddies to be done reading. There's still some cracking fan fic to come as well, and if anybody is worried about the passing of the 'deadline' for their own efforts, just remember the writer's credo. Deadlines aren't real.

In the meantime the keener students might like to think of a few topics that would stand on their own as discussion threads. I will have my own thoughts, naturally.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted Monday
I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive. Hopefully today. Next time I might just go to a book shop instead of relying on snail mail.

insomniac reckons...

Posted Monday
Postal wankers left a card instead of a book.

drew-mo mutters...

Posted Monday
Critics are everywhere. Even on postie bikes.....

Therbs would have you know...

Posted Yesterday
This is why businesses use couriers for important stuff and partly why Oz post needs to scrap its dinosaur approach.

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GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted Monday

Many decades ago I hatched a cunning plan to secure a copy of 'Resistance' from a book-seller at the earliest possible opportunity.

I only now realise that the endgame of this transaction depends upon the vagaries of the care factor of two off-spring sharing a lunch date together where my interests will not be the centre of their immediate and complete attention.

I may have to re-think my cunning plan.
GhostSwirv over and desperately out of the loop, ... for now.

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted Monday
Favorite support characters threads.
Personally, I'm an Igor and Zach fan.
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted Monday
Better Call X

Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted Monday
There's a show I'd consider watching

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DarrenBloomfield mutters...

Posted Monday
I'm with Murph. Igor and Zach.

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Peter in the bleaches asserts...

Posted Monday

Stop Murph, that is unfair. I made the mistake of asking for it as a gift. I was told I have to wait until Thursday, rather than purchasing it myself on Saturday.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted Monday
Peter, have you read the first one?
Then you should know Zach and Igor.
If not, then I apologize.
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted Monday
XSimilarities and differences between IRL and 'fiction'.

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pitpat mutters...

Posted Monday
Thanks for the delay between the most excellent addendums to the Dave canon and this somewhat unnatural occupation called work I have been unable fulfil my part of the deal and finish the book in one unhealthy but enjoyable sitting.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted Monday
A long time ago in a schoolyard far far away one boy didn't have It; a footy trading card, a Star Wars figurine, the good sneakers, iced biscuits in the lunch box whatever. His friends didn't set out to make him feel less, but it was obvious. The lacking, the out-ness burnt into the boy's psyche like a branding iron sears cow flesh. 35 years later a man rubs that scar without knowing.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted Yesterday
The child is father to the man. Such adversity builds good character. Deprivation overcome instills empathy for those deprived.

Living well is the best revenge.

But winning professionally when pitted against privileged wankers is a close second.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted 10 hours ago
Ahh yes. There is great satisfaction to be had crushing one's enemies like bugs.
But that is not important right now. What is important is thankyou Birmo, that was Teh Shiznit!

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Sparty asserts...

Posted Monday
Only two thirds through book two -so forgive me if this happens but I'd like to see the OPFOR deploy their air assets more effectively. Personally I think Dragon scale might act as being Radar absorbent (negates AMRAMMS) and Dragon fire or Dragon farts but lit would effectively decoy Sidewinders. Forcing USAF stuff to go to guns makes it a lot more interesting....
On a connected note:
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/02/23/air-force-resurrects-b52-bomber-from-boneyard-for-first-time.html?ESRC=dod.nl
Impressive and a good warning to Putin / evil Demon armies

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
This is not a spoiler thread. This is a thread for discussing what might be in the spoiler threads.As a Sparty with long & distinguished service You're given a little slack. But any other spoilerific spoilcicles will not be tolerated.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday
My copy of #TheDave #2 is on a truck on its way to Chateau Rhino as I type this.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted Yesterday
So Dave stopped off in LA for some partying? Not surprised.

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balri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
I found myself on Oxford St last Thursday night and, half cut, wandered into Riverbend to see if they had signed copies. The nice girls took my details and told me they'd call me once it had been signed. Got a call on Saturday arvo and picked it up Sunday morning. Love your work JB

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted Yesterday
I hope you got a pastry too. Be a shame to waste a walk there.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted Yesterday


oh good, something to do today.

Shopping.

Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted Yesterday

and Resistance to Resistance is futile. Bought from Dymocks on my lunch break. At a good price and at the front of the store too.

MickH asserts...

Posted 8 hours ago
yeah, me too.

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Aaron swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
My copy of emergence arrived today, gonna slam dunk this mother ASAP. Been loving the fan fic.
On another note, I picked up the audio book of turtle doves colonization down to earth, is it worth it or should I just leave it at the original trilogy?

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted 23 hours ago
It sort of wanders after a while.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted Yesterday
OK ... WTF is up with Dymoks putting a price sticker right in the middle of the front cover?!?!!? This is the second time.
Anyway ... binge reading and halfway through. I know I'm a registered fanrhino and all, but this is ball bustingly good stuff.
Good on ya', Birmo.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
I have a fever. And the only prescription is more thresh.

Murphy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 9 hours ago
That, my friend, needs to be in the next novel.

Murphy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 6 hours ago
Ah, yeah, 'bout that . . .
Just because I think something is a good idea doesn't mean it automatically makes it on board the next vehicle.

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted 4 hours ago
Research Consultant. Code Name: Cassandra

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted 3 hours ago
Then there is a reason I don't believe you: I'm not supposed to.

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Some Dude reckons...

Posted 10 hours ago
Got both Emergence and Resistance on Saturday, and finished 'em yesterday. Lovin' the lulz of the latter. Bring on the spoilers thread.

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GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted 7 hours ago

Am now in possession of Emergence and Resistance and have also convinced my wife to begin her Dave Experience with some late night reading. For some reason she wants us to spend more time at Bunnings.

Clearing the decks at work is getting in the way of getting into Resistance - am planning a Birmingham Labour of Love Long Weekend in devouring the next instalment of TheDave.

GhostSwirv








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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 7 hours ago
Just finished #TheDave2.
Didn't expect it to go there ... nope, not a'tall

Therbs asserts...

Posted 4 hours ago
Rhino was expecting orc sex. In fact I think all of us were.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted 4 hours ago
What are you talking about? There was plenty of Orc sex. Plenty. Did you buy a discount copy?

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted 2 hours ago
I bought the discounted version. From a guy. In an alley. I was wearing a fedora and smoking Black Cavendish out of my Petersen's pipe. The guy choked on the smoke as I handed over moolah. Then I slipped away into the darkness, eager to read about orc sex.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted 56 minutes ago
The Threshrend decided it was time to make his move. He sidled up to the Diwan.

“So,” the Thresh said and wiggled all of his eyestalks suggestively, “do you work at UPS? 'Cause I saw you checkin' out my package."

“What?” the Diwan asked, more confused and annoyed than alarmed.

“Okay, I’m spit balling here, but I’m feeling a connection between us and I am thinking we gotta decide what to do about it.”

“A connection? I don’ think –“

“Ya see, that’s part of the problem. You’re thinking too much about this situation. How about you and me leave this cave and go some place a bit more private where we can get to know each other better?”

The Diwan considered the proposition. “Sure. Why not?” she said.


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A Matter of Elvish - Mark Williams Fanfest 2015

Posted Saturday into Book Extract by John Birmingham

Another lovely piece of story telling, this time by Sparty. There really is some good work in this little festival.

The huge orcy things armour just shook off the blow and Ben’s War Hammer shattered in two.

The next hit will end this he thought. He did a quick mental inventory. No useful weapons left, he was bleeding everywhere and the rest of his team were all down. They were on their own and no rescue was coming. Oh well, he thought, sometimes you just have to hunker down and roll the hard six.

Time to take a chance and roll the dice.

"Ok I cast firestorm"

His friends groaned -"it's a tiny room!”

Mark, the dungeon master, refereeing this particular game, snapped out an answer. “you’ve said, you've cast it- roll the damage". He was interrupted by Rico, dyed green haired, hyperactive and unable to sit still once his role playing character was out of action. Rico came rushing back into the room holding his iPad. “Jeez put on the TV now- you don’t want to miss this!”

***

They watched the coverage from the basement of a house eight blocks from the FEBA or forward edge of battle area) as Dan the ROTC cadet confidently informed them. Not in the stunned silence like most groups of viewers gathered around TV's across the United States. This group conducted a live commentary on the WBN footage of the first battle of New Orleans.

"Oh that's gotta hurt"

"Nice warbow shot, definitely rolled a critical hit there"

"Now that's the sound of an AK 47 going full auto"

"Thing is with Tbow, he may be a drug dealing gangster bastard but you know he's good to his Mom and that he's got your back when the monsters come"

I reckon that must be a warhammer"

"No look it's an axe"

"Axe hammer!"

"HAMMERAXE!"

'That must be some crowded airspace with all those news choppers and gunships"

"Oh dear, Now that was always going to happen".

When the battle had started and the first flashes and bangs had occurred, Mark, wanting to keep their focus on the game of Daemons and Damsels (3rd Edition!), he had spent to much study period time devising, had assured them that it was just downtown fireworks, probably a stag party. He now regretted that mis-undersestimation, as Bush the dimmer might say.

Halfway through, when it had seemed that the battle might come their way, the group had discussed whether to enact their apocalyptic bug out plan. Ironically they had never actually developed a protocol for middle earth style daemons, but a combination of their plans for dealing with Alien invasion and Zombie outbreak (the slow kind – being non athletic indoors kids they pretty much knew it was game over in the case of the fast kind) would have suited the situation. The problem was that the one thing more fun than trying to escape a daemon apocalypse was watching the said Daemon apocalypse, on a 52 inch High definition plasma TV in skywalker surround sound, punctuated with real time twitter updates.

Even so Dan, not having his ROTC uniform at hand, had insisted on donning the chain mail he kept in Mark’s basement and which he wore during his live action role play events.

A stoke of lucky timing had ensured that various parents were away, and the FEMA state of emergency takeover of cell phone frequencies, meant they spent the night undisturbed from "oh my god come home "phone calls.

Susannah, the token female who had been playing Daemons and Damsels (DnD for short, due to international copyright reasons) with them had become a definite fan girl of The Dave. "he is soooo toned" she purred. Mark agreed, getting a strange glance from the others. “Not that there is anything wrong with that” he quickly added.

They played back the video of Dave’s football field length leap onto the back of the pickup truck (CNN now called it his signature move) in slow motion, which meant it was pretty much normal speed on playback). They argued over his abilities. Super enhanced, but still basically human fitness and muscle or supernaturally magical. The boys not being gym types went for magic, Susannah, while not being affected over a TV broadcast by Dave’s yet to be defined pheromones, was just sixteen, so insisted it was all " natural' .

They knew better than to try and go down and watch live from the side lines. They’d all seen Mad Max beyond Thunder Dome and Gladiators 2: Aurelius rising, and knew what could happen to spectators at blood sport events.

***

It was a sleep over. The sun was well up by the time they struggled out of their sleeping bags. The TV was still on in the background, a rotund white haired author of fantasy novels was a talking head giving his “views”, the closest thing to an 'expert' the news channels has been able to find. Becoming a media commentator on the events looked like a good career move for him given that real life had just out paced the slow delivery of his fantasy novels.

Dan, rose very slowly, He’d worn the chain mail armour (with a House of Humakti Tabard, painstakingly hand sown in by his mum) all night as a matter of principal. It clearly weighed him down. He sniffed at the air, “Jesus it stinks in here”.

Susannah was pottering around making coffee, "I've opened all the windows"

Mark spoke announcing with confidence that comes from being both a games master and having just seen his world view pretty much validated the night before. , “The wind direction has changed. It's blowing in from down town” (it hadn't), “and that's the smell of burnt flesh” (it wasn't ).

Once more ADS suffering Rico burst into the basement room "Hey quick come, you'll never believe what’s happened"

***

They stood in a group around the wood shed out-back. Dan now complemented his chainmail and tabard (House of Humakti motto: "we may be arse holes but at least we are Humakti arseholes”) with a homemade morning star. Mark held a hedge trimmer (electric but the cable did have a very long extension). Rico hand in his hand an iPhone with a Startrek universal translation app running ( Klingon to human and human to Klingon being the only two choices) and Susannah sipped from a cup of coffee.

The beast had crawled into the shadows of the corner of the woodshed. Blood followed it and it was completely unmoving, not noticing them even with the hedge trimmer now rotating, and Dan’s chainmail at full clank.

"Is it one of those Slithereen?" Rico wondered

“No too thin” Dan snapped back in an authoritive fashion.

"It's a dark drow" Mark suggested.

“No it's not, too short” Dan contradicted.

Mark pondered for a moment "Definitely a dark drow"

Rico had moved closer - "What do we do with it. Its injured but I’m pretty sure it’s not dead.?"

Susannah picked two items off the shelf in the woodshed and held them up for all to see.

A roll of duct tape and plastic ties.

A little while later they were ready.

"Ok if he moves, Susannah don't wait to use the crossbow” Dan instructed. And she did indeed have a homemade crossbow- usually armed with rubber tipped projectiles for live action roleplaying but this morning a six inch iron nail sat in the groove. They had steel ones that would certainly fly further but was convinced that iron would hold mystical properties when used against evil creatures. They had debated if the horde were actually evil – after all they just came from a different belief system not based on Judeo Christian values. This led Dan to expand on his theory that the Orcs in Lord of the Rings were driven to war by population pressure and being forced to exist on marginal land, much like the native Americans. In the end they decided iron just looked better.

Sometime later they had finished trussing the Beast up who was now awake but unmoving.

There was no debate. They had a live survivor from the battle, they could hand him / it, no it was very definitely a HIM, over to the authorities or they could ensure that someone who actually knew what they were doing did the interrogation.

An hour later, having moved on from Klingon (the two languages really did sound similar), Susannah stepped a little closer and passed a carton of isotonic drink, with a straw to its mouth.

She spoke a few words softly and clearly, with an apparent Irish lilt “Gi nath lam hí ” and the beast spoke back. In Elvish. Rico ran excitedly back inside to get the Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion appendixes.

Susannah turned back to the boys. "He's a "thresh". I've told him he is our prisoner but also that under guest right we will now protect him.

They nodded sagely.

***

In the days that followed the first battle of New Orleans, the US armed forces suffered a deficit of intel on the horde. Dave, their walking Horde Wikipedia was all to often on task and unavailable. But they did get some very useful tidbits of information, the best of which usually came via anonymous emails through TOR from a user signature of “the Dungeon Master”.

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Sparty ducks in to say...

Posted Saturday
Awesome picture selection Birmo- if the writing gig doesn't work out you could try being an editor!

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Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted Saturday
Hah, I actually have some of the Warhammer orcs from that first pic. I cut the weapons off them and used them as blitzers for my Blood Bowl team.

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Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted Saturday
Brill. And extra geek points for the Runequest reference. Ta muchly, Sparty.

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she_jedi puts forth...

Posted Saturday
I so enjoyed the dig at GRRM, and the Tolkien reference. Perfection.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted Sunday
Just simply loved it.

This fan fic festival is unexpected big fun.

Better than the Grantville Gazette. Enough of these would make a good companion anthology.

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted Sunday
Enjoyed that one. A pet thresh for every home.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted Sunday
Not my thresh

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JG mutters...

Posted Sunday
Terrific, Sparty. Overtones of ET. It's great reading all the different stories and interesting perspectives in this fanfest. Great choice of pics for the stories, JB.

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GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted Sunday

Lovely work Sparty, very much like the setting of your tale as a few miles away from the Miami Incursion about real characters just getting on with their daily lives.

I was wondering that since your thresh was likely going to live in the shed that maybe you might consider naming it Frosty, after say Nick from Shaun of the Dead.

Its just an idea feel free to pass on whatever intel you deem appropriate to the proper authorities.

GhostSwirv over and out.

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Rhino reckons...

Posted Yesterday
That was geek-tastic! The wet dream of all D&D players everywhere. (Remembers when GenCon was a couple of hundred unwashed geeks).

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Live long and prosper

Posted Saturday into Telly by John Birmingham

Very sad and even a little teary this morning to learn that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. May choirs of angels speed him to his rest at warp factor 9.

"I don't think he's coming back."

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jay asserts...

Posted Saturday
Yeah pretty bummed this morning too.

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Bunyip puts forth...

Posted Saturday
Ditto.
Some amazing tributes online but. The mosaic of fans giving the Vulcan salute...[stumbles off in direction of box of tissues]

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Abe Frellman asserts...

Posted Saturday
Vale Mr Spock.
Lately I've been looking forward to reading about the latest Abs-gaffe in the online news each morning, so I was deeply saddened to come across this news this morning. It's like a part of my childhood died with him. :-(

Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted Saturday
Exactly. Several teary eyed people here too. Pretty good in Fringe as well more recently and he gave the new Abrams Star Trek movies a real boost. A role model.

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Posted Saturday
Sad news. <div style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal; -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Nimoy said, "Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special." <div style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal; -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">The day became special for a lot of us. The character he created is as iconic as Bugs Bunny and Captain Ahab. <div style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal; -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">It was an added treat that the actor seemed such a nice, humourous, thoughtful bloke.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted Saturday
Oh dear. I blame the Klingons. I wrote that on the Notepad on Ipad.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted Saturday
To quote Savvik from TWOK, "Damn."
Rest easy, Mr. Nimoy. You were a first class role model.
Rest easy.
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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SZF asserts...

Posted Saturday
It's strange, a few years ago I saw him on screen and thought, "He's looking pretty old." So I was prepared for the worst back then.
But he stuck around and somewhere along the way I simply assumed he'd gone ahead and achieved Immortality Level 1.
Being wrong sucks. Vale Mr Nimoy.

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Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted Saturday
Truely sad to hear the news.

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MickH mumbles...

Posted Saturday
Dif tor heh smusma

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Saturday
Nimoy was able to project extreme rationalism without being excessively supercilious.I wasn't a huge Trek fan, his work on docos was more influential for me.

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tqft asserts...

Posted Saturday
Woke up to this news. Crap start to day.

Ending day with more bad news.

But Nimoy/Spock an inspiration

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Sparty swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Saturday
As Bones once said "you know Jim, he's not really gone providing we remember him".
and to cheer people uphttp://youtu.be/Bnd_vgKttx0

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Posted Sunday


It's hard to believe Leonard Nimoy's gone, it's just like when Alec Guiness passed away - a part of my adolescence has gone with them as well.

A lot of fans were posting Spock's Death Scene from 'Wrath of Khan' yesterday but for me the tears began the moment Spock realised the Enterprise was in danger and he then stepped into the chamber to save the ship and everyone aboard.

That's great writing, acting and directing - if you can watch the whole sequence from the moment Khan begins the Genesis detonation countdown to the point where Kirk realises Spock is not at his Science Station, at the Captain's side on the bridge, then watch the scene in the Engine Room - it puts Nimoy's acting and Spock's death in greater perspective.

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Fangr vs the Wave: Fanfest 2015 by Damian Cody

Posted Friday into Book Extract by John Birmingham

A little crossover action in this short pen sketch by Damian Cody of a poor, hungry Fangr which chose the wrong narrative arc. This is an idea I like so much I could myself stealing it for a short story.

It was part of a scouting party when the avalanche happened, being smaller than the others it was spared death but was stuck between two large boulders. After much struggling, Fangr freed itself and crawled out, confused but drawn to the light from above, it was brighter than any it had know. Fangr slowly made its way forward towards the light, slipping between the rocks and the dead of the scouting party. Eventually it arrived on the surface of a place not know, but legends of the old ones filled its mind. Was this the over-world where the human cattle lived? Digestive juices filled its mouth at the thought of the meat, the blood wine and the rewards the Queen would bestow upon the lowly fangr who had found an entrance to the world of man.


It proceeding with caution, remembering stories about the human world and the burning light from above. This light did not burn, it was warm and the air shimmered like the air above a freshly filled blood pot.


It decided to look around for proof of the over-world before returning. To bring back fresh human meat would please his Queen, if it dared it may even sample some for itself before returning.
It wandered, at first cautious, eventually it bored of the solitude and went at its own pace. It was the same everywhere, piles of what it guessed were human coverings covered in some sort off goo. Hungry and desperate, it tasted some, discovering it was enough to keep his hunger at bay as each light cycle passed.


Eventually it gave up, the hunger for real food and the irritation from the shimmering light drove it back to the tunnel entrance, it looked back one last time, disappointed there would be no blood feast, this world was dead.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted Friday
Wow!
Thumbs up!
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted Friday
That was fantastic!

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JG reckons...

Posted Friday
Humanising the Fangr. I feel the desolation and emptiness. Nice take on the story.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted Friday
Love the concept. Well played.

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sibeen swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Friday
OK, now I am confused.

John, was it you who placed the 'Wolfram & Hart" bit at the end of <s>dickhead's</s> Boylan's spiel, or was it own idea?

Christ, I may have given out kudos where none belonged,

BTW, Damien, a fantastic mash up. Loved it

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted Saturday
It was John's addition. I had to research the reference to find out what it meant.

Anthony swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Saturday
I merely assumed that Boylan had submitted it on company notepaper.

Darth Greybeard is gonna tell you...

Posted Saturday
Well played Sir.

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Drew-mo asserts...

Posted Saturday
Love a good crossover. It has potential.

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Sparty puts forth...

Posted Saturday
Great little idea - an strangely affecting - . Be nice to see Kolhammer turn up and kick some Horde butt.

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Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted Saturday
Nice one. You thought Skorzeny was tough eh Harry?

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Posted 22 hours ago
+1 Internetz to you, Sir.

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday
Very good ... great crossover.

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