Saturday, May 10, 2008

Is That the Morgendorffer Choo-Choo?

Just 139 years ago today, the Golden Spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, completing the first-ever Transcontinental Railroad in the U.S.A. I'm still trying to figure out what the point of the locomotive alter ego for Helen Morgendorffer was all about. Maybe she has loco motives? She likes to railroad her decisions through? Nah, awful jokes. If you have a better idea, let us know. (Not the about about pulling a train.)

It is less well known that today is also the 122nd birthday of one of the greatest science-fiction writers in all history: Olaf Stapledon, author of Sirius, Odd John, Last and First Men, and Star Maker. The latter is a future history of intelligent life in the universe covering billions of years to come, one of the great mind-blowers ever. Sirius, about an intelligent dog, gave me the idea for "A Hard Days' Night."

LATE ADD: Paris is in flames as Deref the Oz Barbarian and his Daria-crazed henchmen trample the French capital beneath their vegemite h—oh, wait, I've used that metaphor already. Uh, okay, skip it. If you want to read about the Daria-spawned chaos engulfing Europe, click here and be entertained.

22,500 hits! Here, I mean. And most of them aren't me!

  • A Little Vacation, by Doggieboy (Epilogue 1): Once bitten, twice dead . . . unless higher powers get involved.


jtranser said...

Helen's alter ego reminds me of the phrase, 'Light at the end of the tunnel'. But it's o.k., she's acting in loco parentis. While you were gone, I sensed a disturbance in the Force. Good to have you back and hope you get to feeling better. .

The Angst Guy said...

While you were gone, I sensed a disturbance in the Force.

That was gas.