Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 2

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Constance Caraway P.I.  Episode 2

…We are research scientists with previous ties to the MANHATTAN PROJECT and I suspect some sort of foul play…

“Thank you Miss Connie!”

Jimmy K. calls her by the shorter version of her name, the name she blames her mother for. It is told that Mom had morning sickness for much of the eight months she carried her baby; constantly ill, hence Constance. Mrs. Caraway insists that she is named after a great-aunt from her father’s side. A side trip to the National Archives, while doing some research on another case in Washington D.C., helped Constance disprove that bogus tale. Do not try to sneak something past her; you can’t hide from the prying eyes of a P.I.

Need Truth – Will Find is the tag line below the letters Constance Caraway Private Investigation painted on the opaque mottled glass on the massive front door; motto and credo.

She closes that door which seems to creak more and more these days. Behind the door she opens the telegram as if it were a gift from the coming Christmas morn… RriiippP!

W E S T E R N  UNION

NEWCOME CARLYON – PRESIDENT  J.C. WILLEVER – FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT

RECEIVED AT MAIN OFFICE 221-23 MONROE STREET- ALWAYS OPEN

To: CONSTANCE CARAWAY INVESTIGATION       TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA

24 December 1950

MESSAGE:

I am contacting you because of your previous work at Argonne National Laboratory DuPage County Illinois.

I cannot go into to great detail at this time. I believe that a colleague of mine at the UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO is in grave danger, as I have not heard from him several days.

We are research scientists with previous ties to the MANHATTAN PROJECT and I suspect some sort of foul play.

Please meet me at 6137 South Kimbark near the university campus a.s.a.p. Please call me at UOC-495-2101 between 12 PM and 4 PM to confirm.

MARTIN DAVID KAMEN

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Just as she re-reads the tantalizing-ly titillating telegram for the 10th time, her roomy Fanny Renwick, after being out for the morning, walking tall and proud after being out for the morning returns with her not-so-subtle Polaroid & its “electric eye” hanging from her neck and 5 crisp $100 bills (+ a fiver for interest) in her hot little hands.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 179

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The NULL Solution = Episode 179

… If Lorgan is the physical embodiment of the God we worship, then that image of a grandfatherly-like deity with a white beard is totally out-the-window..

God Resting On 7th Day by Granger

Francine Bouchette-Crippen has been summoned several times to Harmonia. Each time, the issue concerned the status of a civilization which has displayed hostile behavior toward Harmonia members. The meetings are informational in nature. No voting is involved, more in the scope of ‘News from around the Great Expanse’.

This is right up her alley.

“I can’t begin to describe Harmonia, Roy.” The former KHST Houston television anchor and recent/current press secretary for NASA was born to the bigtime. Not that every representative on the Mars-based community is experienced in media relations; look no further than Skaldic the Null and Snoof, from a world of three-eyed humanoids. “It is nothing short of providential.”

“Is Lorgan the physical embodiment of the God we worship? If he is, then that image of a grandfatherly-like deity with a white beard is totally out-the-window.”

“If a shiny silver ball is God, what would symbolize Jesus Christ?”

“How about that lighthouse?” Roy poses.

“Wow that fits right in with the Bible.”

“Gus did imply that Mars looked like what the Garden of Eden was supposed to look like.”

Francine sees the comparisons, but is not convinced that this sequence of events equates to the creation story in Genesis.

“I think we are ‘getting out over our skis here. If an Old Testament prophet were around to see what’s going on he would say, ‘I have seen Heaven and I have seen Mars and Mars is no heaven!’.”

“You’re right, but you have to admit that the parallels are uncanny.”

“In that case, the alien invasion {that vanished} must be lost in the fiery lake.”

That statement is uncanny.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 177

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…This appears to be a starfield for feckless foreigners, having all the feel of a jail…

“We will return to Sexta A and reassess our strategic position.”

It is not easy turning around a mobile planetoid {just ask any self-respecting comet}, especially when you cannot find your way. If it is possible, Collapsar’s trail has turned ice cold.

“We appear to be in a singular galaxy. Sexta A or any other galaxies, known or otherwise, have ceased to exist.”

Related imageŽupzïð would issue an order if he had a clue. “You have been in this place for a long period of time. Is there anything that you do recognize?”

O is here, but it looks different.” A shiny black version of Lorgan has been lurking all along. When you peer at this version, the only things you see are the trillions of stars “There is evidence that other worlds have been wandering within these boundaries.”

This appears to be a starfield for feckless foreigners. It has the feel of a jail. Prison planets are scattered all over the “regular” universe, so the concept of confinement is far from foreign.

“The Great Expanse has no boundaries.”

“This one does. There are no stars at the end. ⃝    will not allow us to go no further.”

I am the how & why that blocks your way

Prove your worthiness and the light will show the way back

“Another stupid riddle,” apparently the Ÿ€Ð do not have aptitude or the appetite for them. “Keep a lookout for that ridiculous rotating beam from the Terran system. That will steer us in the right direction.”

What about the riddle, pilgrim?

Lights out this way are few and there is little detectable heat generated by what stars there are. It is like they have been hung in the sky, held in place by invisible strings. Harmonia’s lighthouse is nowhere to be seen.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 176

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The NULL Solution = Episode 176

…In the bigger picture, you are seeing what Lorgan wants you to see…

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Two Sides to a Mirror

A pane of glass is meant to look through not at. When you coat one side with a layer of silver and other coatings, you can no longer see through it. Instead you see your reflection. Needless to say, only a fool looks at the backside of a mirror.

For an untold and incalculable period of time, anything that faces Lorgan sees a reflection no matter at what distance. Just how that squares with the logic of physics remains a mystery. Are you staring at reality or some measure of perception, i.e. what you want to see? In the bigger picture, you are seeing what Lorgan wants you to see.

Just what did Collapsar Axis see the moment it decided to pull out of Harmonia? Župzïð the Last saw nothing but yawning darkness, before his cosmic caravan was dispatched from the timestem, unceremoniously so. Other of his followers saw tranquility or rest, but they were not in ultimate control of their fate.

Collapsar finds itself in a place with few stars, easily counted from any angle or field of view. Have they been shrunk to the size of a speck of space dust? Have they traversed one galaxy after another only to be reduced to a lonely habitat in a finite dimension?

Even the reunion with their lost fleet of twelve ships is surreal. Surely, the fleet must believe that they have been rescued from this empty place, only to be regarded as insects in a jar to Župzïð.

“What corner of the Great Expanse is this?” he pleads to the captain of the lead cruiser of the 12, who has been wandering aimlessly for months.

“Not a single parsec is recognizable Supreme Leader.”

Supreme Leader “insists” on positive responses.

We will return to Sexta A and reassess our strategic position.”


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The NULL Solution = Episode 165

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…And so it is, that an opportunity lost decides the fate of a fledgling civilization…

Not everybody is buying what Harmonia is selling. Župzïð, for one, is used to calling the shots. Anyone who constructs his own world and is labeled “the Last” is not easily swayed into blind cooperation. It is obvious that they came all this way for nothing. Earth did not vanquish his fleet and if this ⃝ did, what kind of omnipotent being would unilaterally destroy his 12 ships and crews?

This all could be a masterful trick, a ruse intended to minimize the impact of such a magnificently independent world as Collapsar Axis. The Great Expanse has yet to see such a creation.

“We are leaving,” emptyhanded and skeptical, Župzïð is not called “the Last” for no good reason.

“Where are we going Great Leader?”

“Where we are allowed to be our own – to chart our own way.”

And so it is, that an opportunity lost decides the fate of a fledgling civilization. The Ÿ€Ð and their conscripts are allowed to depart Mars; the shuttle is allowed to return to the mothership, which slowly turns to go.

Image result for poof gifConversely, before it can attain cruising speed, the massive mass disappears into the same vacuum as did their fleet of twelve previously. On the other side and in a strange arrangement of stars, Collapsar Axis is reunited with the answer they searched so hard for; the twelve ships once believed to be lost.

“Where are we Great Leader? None of these stars are familiar.”

Župzïð the Last got his wish, a place where they can decide for themselves. There are consequences with a caveat; misguided and lost on the universe they had known, in favor of an alternate dimension.

Suddenly the landscape of Harmonia morphs. The four satellite buildings surrounding it decreases by one. A troika triangle replaces the quadratic square of moments ago. It appears that choices matter in this new world order. Geometry is constant, no matter which dimension you reside.

The recent configuration change is witnessed by the other interested party’s’ leadership. It seems that individual factions are replaced with the visionary goals of all 3.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 120

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INTERSTELLAR NEWS is an obscure news outlet based somewhere East of Nowhere…

By now, the label Lorgan is the well-known and accepted name for the ⃝    , widely documented in every corner of the Great Expanse. Rumors get legs, gossip is the fuel and frustration is the outcome of it making its usual unannounced appearance in your “hood”.

O                                                      O

                                O                                                      O

O                              O

Like a fly in the kitchen, Lorgan travels with impunity. There is not a lifeform that is exempt from it; all that creepeth on the ground or flieth in the air. To infinity and beyond, the enigmatic sphere reflects “whosoever’s” image back at them. What you see depends on who you are.

Even if you are not looking, it is there, doing whatever “it” does.

  • For some planets, it is an evolutionary nudge beyond the cellular stage.
  • It could be a denied attempt at unnatural selection; the dominance by one specie over another.
  • Setbacks on Eridanus and Seljuk are subtle reminders that you are never too old for correction.
  • Thwarting the United Korean Peninsula on Earth is swift and conclusive.

An overriding theme is taking shape, now that the gleaming silver sphere is getting widespread attention. There is a communal course that is being enforced and there seems to be nothing any what, where, why or how can do about it.

Act out, ignore or be ignorant and you get the same result and Lorgan is in no particular hurry.


WE ARE BREAKING IN TO YOUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING TO BRING YOU A SPECIAL REPORT FROM INTERSTELLAR NEWS: “Collapsar Axis, which has been described as “The Pied Piper from Sexta A” is being followed by the object so-named Lorgan. Though its estimated multitude {or so} occupants have not been threatened, it’s Supreme Commander, Župzïð the Last, tells INTERSTELLAR NEWS that Collapsar will not be deterred from its quest to find out just who destroyed their fleet in the Terran Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy — Stay tuned for further updates.”

INTERSTELLAR NEWS is an obscure news outlet based somewhere East of Nowhere.


Nobody need tell the Ÿ€Ð that their 10 Million Cubic Cubit mobile planetoid is being tailed. One moment O is there, then gone for many moments, only to resume its spot, safely at the rear. There is not a tail long enough to swish it away.

Patience is being forced upon the Ÿ€Ðian ark; a melting pot continually filled by one malcontent waif after another. One & all have sworn blind allegiance to a new-world-order {i.e. odor}.

When one galaxy is as good as the next, it doesn’t matter where you are going.

Perhaps not coincidentally, every time Župzïð is tempted to be unnecessarily aggressive along the way, he cannot. Slaps on the hand prove to have a cumulative effect. A Lorgan enforced mischief-free zone heralds its coming, status quo abides in its wake.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 119

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The NULL Solution = Episode 119

…What do you do when you are given a ring full of keys and only one lock to open… oh and there is a mysterious treasure on the other side?…

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Cryptomaniacs Anonymous

 


The Cryptomaniac Creed:

“God grant me the…

Serenity to accept Riddles I cannot solve

Courage to solve the ones I can

And the Wisdom to know when to give up”


Admitting you have a problem is the start of real healing. An epic riddle is stuck in the craw of an entire galaxy.

The Milky Way Chapter of CA-Intergalactic is the largest addiction recovery group in the Universe, boasting membership on Earth, Eridanus and most recently, Mars. The greatest minds, living/breathing or circuitry/A.I., continue to pour over the annoying cryptic challenge.

The Triangulum Chapter of CA-Intergalactic is about to form, having been reeled into the nasty habit by that master of temptation, Sampson McKinney, who passes his addiction on to Chasonn, who never met a challenge he could not resist. The “Harmonia Query” should mean little to Seljuk, but there is something about that Space Family McKinney that hits close to home. Those Earthlings are a compelling story, seemingly tossed about the Great Expanse by circumstances they rarely have a handle on.

But that is the problem with wisdom; it comes slow and it comes hard.

What do you do when you are given a ring full of keys and only one lock to open… oh and there is a mysterious treasure on the other side? This one – no this one – maybe this key will open the door. The requisite anxiety level is a variable, not a constant, depending on the interested individual.


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