SW10/REVIEW: Catalog of Earths, 2015 Update #5 of 5: Recently-Discovered Universes

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Thu Dec 31 19:31:03 PST 2015

Author's Note:  Ha!  Still in time for 2015, in most of my favorite time 

--- PART 5:  Recently-Discovered Universes ---

UNIVERSE:  Super Wizard From Space

- Type:  Superhuman

- Chronicler:  Wil Alambre

- Chronicler's Web Site:  http://wil.alambre.ca/racc/

- Activity:  none for 2015, though new stories are known to be in the works.

- Relevance:  Has *already* interacted with the Council, and continues 
to affect its worlds.

- Threat Analysis:  Major but decreasing.  The core of this universe is 
still self-absorbed for the moment.  Its fringes on Council worlds have 
been successfully associated with friendly elements.  The Hermit Wizard 
Bee has been tamed on Turkworld, and the universe's Devil has interacted 
cordially with your famous alternate Wyatt Ferguson.

- Critique:  This storyline seems to be a victim of its own critical 
acclaim.  Dramatic, complicated, critically acclaimed sagas can be 
difficult to maintain, let alone complete.  No world is safe from that 
effect, not even Council worlds.  We at the Council know this continuum 
to be a possible rival and/or threat, but aesthetically we can't help 
but wish it good luck.

- Psychovant's Comments:  Hey, isn't this where Whatsisname the Super 
Wizard Bee came from?  Maybe what this world needs in return is a Super 
Cosmic Demon Duck from Beyond!  Now, where can I find a Power Hat or 
something?  Maybe I could even find a Wizard Bee to help me look for one!

(Author's Note: Psychovant the Duck is hereby made available for a Super 
Wizard story.  I know it's a weird thing to throw in, but, well... 
Think of the Rush album "Hemispheres".  When they had a God War and 
wrote themselves into a corner, they threw in a spaceship from Beyond!)


UNIVERSE:  The "DiVerse"

- Type:  Mystic

- Chronicler:  Colin ("DeuceXM")

- Chronicler's Web Site:  http://lastlibrary.tumblr.com/

- Activity:  sporadic

- Relevance:  Intermediate.  Could interact with the Council.

- Threat Analysis:  Low (reduced from Intermediate last year).  The 
universe has Light and Dark factions of mages, in a relationship both 
confrontational and symbiotic.  However, it's an entire universe.  The 
most active heroes reside on an entirely different world from the mages, 
and are freelance adventurers who'll do anything for a buck.  Currently 
they're plumbers.

- Critique:  The center of action has changed to "Jetbird and the Kid". 
  The story has potential, but thus far the menace is only about as 
dangerous as lead pipes.

- Psychovant's Comments:  Yawn.  Where's Salon Dark-Yet-Always-Lovely 
when the universe needs it?  Do *I* need to go there and find out?  Heh, 
I bet my sign is Fire.  Or is it Air 'cause I fly, or Water 'cause I 
swim, or Earth 'cause I'm so damn earthy?  Could be anything!

(Author's Note:  Psychovant the Duck is hereby made available for a 
Salon DYAL story.  Might I even write that story?)


UNIVERSE:  "The Truth About Fiction"

- Type:  Superhuman

- Chronicler:  Michael D. Friedman

- Chronicler's Web Site:  apparently none

- Activity:  weekly but inactive now

- Relevance:  Medium.  Could possibly interact with the Council.

- Threat Analysis:  Medium.  This is a Secret Alien History world, 
centered around Nevada the home of Secret Alien History.  Of course our 
Council already interacts with aliens much like theirs.  We recommend to 
establish contact and provide some pointers.  But we've learned that 
their world might have one hyper-powered *turtle*, a match for the likes 
of Ellipsis and the Doom Bear...  We await more information.

- Critique:  It is great fun to read, and has potential.  It just needs 
to follow up.  And "Torpy the Torpedo" is classic.

- Psychovant's Comments:  Heh.  Would I fit in if I showed up in Nevada 
in an Elvis-impersonator suit?

(Author's Note:  Psychovant is hereby made available for... well, if you 
want, but the story's weird enough already.)


UNIVERSE:  "The Girl Who Saved The World"

- Type:  Superhuman

- Chronicler:  George Phillies

- Chronicler's Web Site:  apparently none

- Activity:  multiple times a week

- Relevance:  High.  Could easily interact with the Council.

- Threat Analysis:  High.  This is a "World War One Never Happened" 
world, with some major differences; for instance, the Aztecs still rule 
Mexico.  The greatest threat on this world is a "Namestone", which has 
been captured by a young superhuman.  The world powers are deciding how 
to respond.  We recommend to prepare omniversal quarantine!

- Critique:  Impressive.  This is alternate-universe political drama 
with highly-powered superhumans.  We don't know of any other stories 
quite like this.

- Psychovant's Comments:  Name ME, Namestone!  Name Me, Name Meeee!  ... 
On second thought, %$#@ no.  I've had enough of power stones.  They're 
pretty damn fickle.  Wouldn't it be interesting if this one had its own 
plans?  So I ain't touchin' this one.

(signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> -------- http://www.eilertech.com/ ---------

When you *are* the leader... whatever goes wrong... whether you did it
or not... *you* are held responsible. - Barack Obama

I know. - Archie Andrews

- from Archie #617, March 2011, scripted by Alex Simmons.

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