The Spider and the Great Big Stolen Thing, Part 4

Day 58. 154 pages, 77,128 words.

“And I can’t deconstruct at relative speed – you’ll have to drop it out of soft-space and hide it somewhere while I work. Any ideas?”

“I know some caverns that are big enough to hold it, but I have the same problem there as on the Highroads,” the Spider brought back two more well-filled glasses and raised one in salute as he handed the second to his guest. “If the engines go while it’s embedded in solid rock, the whole thing will make a considerable mess.”

Gornack returned the toast and drank appreciatively. “Might be worth the risk,” he said. “The danger period will be a lot shorter than if you’re taking the Highroads. What other options are there?”

Merdokk leaned over, took the computer from Gornack’s hands, and looked at it for a moment. Then he looked up.

“How long will you need?” he asked.

“I’ve never tried to take one of these things apart before, but I imagine they’re built along the same standard pattern as a battle platform or an armoured Skybase. I won’t know for sure until I’m on-site. But I’ll say three hundred hours, just to be safe.”

“And you can’t deconstruct in soft-space,” Merdokk murmured consideringly, then smiled. “What about un-space?”

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7 Responses to The Spider and the Great Big Stolen Thing, Part 4

  1. thelinza says:

    “WHAT ABOUT YOUR MOM’S UNSPACE!” shouted Linza’s internal monologue, running mostly on coffee and reflexes.

  2. brknwntr says:

    Are we to presume that this post dates Eejit? If so, by how much? Or is this a portion of the core worlds which has already been taken by the Cancer? Or is he referring to the the Cancer? Has the Artist’s discovery lead to a better understanding of the Cancer?

    Side notes:
    Hatboy’s book has a “great evil” overarching plotline called cancer. (World rocked)
    Does the Artist have a real world counter part?
    Is the whole series a thickly veiled analogous for Hatboy’s life? Is the Artist an inner unknown demon the author struggles with? But what does that then make the darkerness, or the fact that he willingly travels it? Does it eat at his soul? Is it a sacrifice he willingly makes? What could he be gaining or giving up? And for what ends?….

    Linza,I’m gonna need some of that coffee, my ADHD is escaping. Everyone pretend you didn’t see what my brain just did there. *goes away hopefully*

    • stchucky says:

      Are we to presume that this post dates Eejit? If so, by how much?

      Oooh, this is skirting the edges of The Big Game, my friend. The Big Game.

      Spied’jjer Merdokk was at large, and was a Class Three criminal, in 2378 A.D., before the separation between Molren and Blaren and Bonshooni. Long before the destruction of Earth. Here’s a clue: the “39th Century” I refer to in the Final Fall of Man? Not the 39th Century A.D.

      The Spider short stories follow Merdokk’s criminal career, and in this one he is still only Class Four, and is still in his First Prime – so it is set somewhat prior to 2378 A.D.

      2378 A.D. is an important date, but only for the larger Book of Pinian storyline.

      Or is this a portion of the core worlds which has already been taken by the Cancer? Or is he referring to the the Cancer?

      Spider operates chiefly in Capital Mind, city in the centre of the urverse. It’s probably not going to help you at the moment, but it’s not inside the galaxy as you know it from the Final Fall of Man.

      It probably also doesn’t help that Gornack makes a reference to “Damoraks” in this story. But *cough-cough-clue-cough-cough* yes.

      Has the Artist’s discovery lead to a better understanding of the Cancer?

      An excellent question!

      Although as a nitpicking note, it would not do to confuse soft-space / un-space / the Highroads with the underspace. Very different things.

      Side notes:
      Hatboy’s book has a “great evil” overarching plotline called cancer. (World rocked)

      I know, right?

      I was puzzled by this but I suppose you’re referring to Arsebook. Non-fiction doesn’t really intersect with my other stories, except in this bizarre case. But I had been toying with the idea of a hostile species in the core of the galaxy, accounting for the Fermi Paradox, for a long time now. It seemed only natural to call them “the Cancer in the Core”.

      It might also interest you to be reminded that the Creepy and Hatboy story also has a cancer theme – the Wasteland, a universe-eating desert somewhat like The Nothing in The Neverending Story. And I started writing that in the ’90s, well before any hint of cancer in my life. Cancer’s just one of those things. It’s scary and unstoppable and it eats things. Natural super-enemy.

      Does the Artist have a real world counter part?

      Heh, not that I’m currently aware of. Although…

      Is the whole series a thickly veiled analogous for Hatboy’s life? Is the Artist an inner unknown demon the author struggles with? But what does that then make the darkerness, or the fact that he willingly travels it? Does it eat at his soul? Is it a sacrifice he willingly makes? What could he be gaining or giving up? And for what ends?….

      This is pretty deep territory. Keeping in mind that, according to the initial rules of engagement, the Captain is supposed to be the character representing me … I’ll let you analyse that as more information emerges.

      I can’t wait to tell the rest.

      Linza,I’m gonna need some of that coffee, my ADHD is escaping. Everyone pretend you didn’t see what my brain just did there. *goes away hopefully*

      As for how all the different threads fit in to the timeline…

      https://stchucky.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/closing-the-final-loop/

      I only recently figured out where Creepy and Hatboy fit in. It’s pretty cool, or at least I think so.

      The Book of Pinian sequence is still largely going to be lost on you, but it’s coming. And then, on this blog, there are some character studies that will definitely return to say howdy. And then there’s the entire Way Backstory sequence here on the blog. That’s one of those stories that is under work, but I haven’t been able to write any more of it yet because I know it is going in a really horrible direction and I am gathering my strength for it.

      But that is set on Earth, sometime between the present day and 2378 A.D.

      Should be enough for you to go on with.

  3. brknwntr says:

    I really really really don’t think of myself as a nerd, and yet…….

    I sort of feel like there should be a site for the universe as a whole, something to help keep track of everything.
    But I
    A) Really don’t want to be “That Guy”
    B) Most assuredly do NOT have the web skills needed to create such a complex entity.

    Also, where do we stand on the commemorative coin issue? Have we approached other parties? What did your marketing director (I assume this to be Mrs. Batboy) think of it. I want this to happen in the worst way. I’m just worried about The Wife’s reaction wife I pay the entire die making fee myself. Not that I am unwilling to do so, I would just like to still be married after.

    • stchucky says:

      I’ve posted one map, but I’m not ready to do an official website yet. As for the coins, I’m in and will share the cost with you, but have not made the designs yet and have not investigated beyond those links you sent me (looks good to me).

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