LNH/Contest: Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 2 #34
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Tue Feb 23 21:32:13 PST 2010
On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 23:56:54 +0000 (UTC), Saxon Brenton wrote:
> This made no sense, prompting Renegade Programmer to ask, "What's
*gasp!* *DUN DUN DUNNNN*
> Occultism Kid gave him an unreadable look, then said, "Up until
> sometime only a few hours ago, it was *the* most popular confectionary
> on the planet. Now, nobody even remembers that it existed.
Oooh. How Carmen SanDiego-esque!
> "That's fine," replied Occultism Kid. "Just checking, really."
> Renegade Programmer, however, was reading with the start of a scowl on
> his face. Not so much from concentration, but as his dismay turned to
> growing anger. There was a whole category of snack foods... a really
> big category... that had been stolen. That bothered him very much.
Character point! +2!
> He had quickly determined that there was no chocolate to be found
> anywhere in the Looniverse. However there had been clear indications
> of chocolate in other universes, so he had made a quick trip across to
> Looniearth-B to acquire some in his TANDI, his magically powered
> space-time travel machine.
Has this shown up before? Also, I read this as Looniearth-Y at first. I
was hoping for a stealth crossover! ;.;
> Apparently Xochiquetzal guesses what he is thinking, and says,
> "They are small. Very small. Once they were a race of flesh and blood,
> but when they ventured into space they engineered new bodies for them-
> selves and engraved their consciousnesses onto specks of metallic dust."
I'd prefer something with lasers.
> He has a horrible premonition of not just
> chocolate, or things associated with chocolate, but things associated
> with things associated with chocolate, lapsing out of existence as the
> Yama Nictrama methodically and wrong-headedly take the world to pieces
> in pursuit of their objective.
Eesh. That'll do it.
> Their current state of
> being mires then in a materialist worldview, which if nothing else
> explains their reductive attempt to find god.
Ooooooh. Interesting point of view.
> Then before they have time to react he drags them upwards
> to a plane of being that will be better for them. Not necessarily
> where they want to be, but definitely where they karmically need to
> go. Then for good measure he gives them a metaphorical wap upside the
> head with a compulsion to explore their new environment and not come
> back until they learn to behave themselves.
Nice! Wish you could do that with humans, but they probably wouldn't
survive the trip as well.
> And that was how a completely new type of chocolate - red chocolate -
> came into being.
Worldbuilding! <3 Yay!
> The Yama Nictrama are loosely based on the noocyctes from Greg
> Bear's novel _Blood Music_ - which incidentally explains/handwaves their
> cosmic levels of power: billions upon billions of tiny intelligences
> were doing so much Observing of the world that that in a funky
> Schrodingerian-technobabble way they were able to manipulate reality on a
> quantum level. (Or at least, I think that's the handwave from the climax
> of the novel. It's been over a decade since I read it.)
Ooooh. Makes sense. That's *almost* as good as lasers.
(Also, I thought Blood Music was that short story where a guy's individual
cells become self-aware.)
T'was a well-told story. I was just surprised wReamhack and Renegade
Programmer didn't show up again!
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, who didn't even try for this challenge.
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