(Lines on the Loss of the 'Titanic')
In stature, grace, and hue,
the iceberg too.
No mortal eye could see
Their intimate welding of their later history.
By paths coincident
On being anon twin haves of one august event,
Said 'Now!' And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.
Argo to bear chosen heroes.
--Seneca, Fourth Eclogue
Agent Letter, Outlines, Strategy
The big problem is not defining "Dystopia". Rather, dealing with it sensibly and practically is so unlikely that it is not dystopia itself that is the big problem so much as a lack of perception of it. If it is not acknowledged and is accepted as normal, then it is a serious problem that cannot be fixed. A society can be in gradual but steady decline for generations and yet people in it keep adjusting to conditions that get worse and worse as time goes on, not realizing they are doomed when they do that and "make the best of it" when actually it could not be worse, and it will not get better. With everyone around him in society and at the University adapting to worsening conditions in Holland America, Dr. Pikkard set himself in the cross-hairs of an increasingly antagonistic and hostile governing class who would admit to no need to accept changing anything. Yet, with his scientific tools, he decided to deal with a question that kept nagging him: were conditions, in nature and in society, normal, as the authorities claimed they were, or were they not? If not, were they caused? If so, what caused society and nature to regress, as his investigations seemed to indicate?
The more he discovered he was on the right track, the more he pursued definitive evidence of regression, and the more evidence he found to support his thesis, the more his enemies in the academic community particularly grew enraged. His successes only emboldened them to do anything necessary and expedient to preserve the status quo that Dr. Pikkard's investigations threatened, in their view, that is. That meant his days were numbered, indeed. Fortunately, he had one absolutely loyal disciple, his niece Anne de Kilpaison. She believed what her brilliant uncle had dug up with a lot of hard work and solid mathematics, and she was determined that his work would not be either ignored or hidden away out of sight. If it came to it, she would see to it herself, in the event her uncle could not continue to do his work. This was exactly what was needed: when Dr. Pikkard did come to have an "accident" in a small plane, Anne acquired his papers and saw to it that his instructions were followed, hence, the start-up of his "Wargame" with the Opposing Player being the very invading entity that had begun the regression, or at the least, served catalytically to drive the process faster than it would "normally" go, left to itself. Catalysts are an interesting study in themselves. But we are getting ahead of our overview narrative.
Note: Each fiery stone of heaven is corrupted by the fallen cherub, Lucifer, the "Light-Bringer" who was Keeper of the Stones, and it acquires a different character and a guiding deadly creature of evil genius hidden within it, thus becoming the opposite of what God had made it.
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That precondition corrupts everything man puts his hand to. A brain scan able to read people's thoughts? British scientists at University College London can now identify thought patterns by using functional magnetic resonance (fMRI). Chillingsworth's Ultimate Weapon, utilizing his brain scanning creation, is next to be developed. Terrorists can be identified by the fMRI, very soon now. The UW (Ultimate Weapon) is next, to not only identify but eliminate anyone who is a "terrorist," that is, anyone who opposes the coming World Government.
by Eben Chen
Beneath the waters so cold and deep
A once great ship has gone to sleep.
No stewards, no crew, no Countess of Rothe,
Their lives fill the dustbin that conquered the Goth.
REFRAIN: Rock-a-by, Rock-a-by, rest thy soul, child,
Till you die;
The wheat and tares together lie.
Fins fan the rust of staterooms’ dark decay,
Their gold and jewels in Time’s hand slip away.
No ship horn blast, no thundering steam,
A Ghost lies in pieces—-a gray, silent dream.
So sleep on, Titanic, your unreaped souls
Await Wormwood's fall and the Wrath of Bowls.
Your voices were stilled when you drank the last wave.
An Astor beds with stokers, a vicar with a knave.
The city shyster turned the bed
The village matriarch was laid—-
The Rubaiyat of Khayyim with Grey’s pure, milk-white maid.
So sleep on, gray Dreamer, until the last Trump,
And the angels cast doom on the earth’s blasted stump.
REFRAIN: Rock-a-by, Rock-a-by,
rest thy soul, Child,
Till you die;
The wheat and tares together lie.
2. The Ten Stones of Fire (Star-like, Jewel-like, Super-Intelligent, Alien Entities), each performing as OP, or, Opposing Player, with the aim of conquering and destroying the Earths, I and II, and their respective universes.
3. Dr. Pikkard's Computer Wargame, represented by Wally, an electronically-created, free-roaming, Second or Third Generation Cray-connected e-butterfly who fights for humanity's survival against the Alien(s)
4. Human "Alphabetic" or A-Z Champions, also a subgroup called DUBESOR, or the Rosebud Champions
5. Greatest of all: Yeshua, the A and Z, the Alpha and Omega, and the Aleph and Tau (also known as FC from the 21st Century onward, the so-called "Forbidden Category" that all politically correct elites and governing bodies vehemently rejected, demonized, and outlawed as the main threat to their absolutist authority.)
Rufus Urbanus was upset, for the sake of his Honorius. Was this to be the memory of it bequeathed by a father to his son? If so, it was a bad journey! Rufus thought, feeling he should have gone alone and faced such things rather than expose his young son to them. Yet further on they found the real borders of the shrunken Western Empire still held firm, for the time being anyway. Beyond was Roman civilization as it had always been--glorious and proud and well-ordered beyond any other rival on earth--and they proceeded south on the Roman road directly to the Queen City itself. There young Honorius would see the sights that would forever blaze in his memory: Roma in her full glory and splendor, a city beyond description, the like of which the world had never seen before and would never see again after the barbarians broke through the borders and had their way with her.
UNCHRONICLE OF THE NEW CLEOPATRA, A.S. 60-79, VOL. IV, RETROSTAR, PARTS I AND II
the beautiful, intriguing, emerald-dripping Great-Granddaughter of Herod the Great, Berenice, Nero, and the Flavian Emperors Vespasianus, Titus, and Domitianus, not to mention Plinius the Younger, Plinius the Elder (the uncle), and Mt. Vesuvius in venues of Aelia Capitolina (aka Jerusalem), Roma, and Pompeii.
How this femme fatale of the 1st Century played a major role in the destruction of the both Roma and Jerusalem and Pompeii and Herculaneum, after Nero spurned the warning when he gave the order to behead Paulus the Apostle of Christus in Roma.
How Tully, a wealthy merchant's son of 11 years of age in Pompeii, actually experienced the cataclysm and with a Jewish friend, Aaron, survived to tell about it. How Tully became the facilitator to find and retrieve the lost Menorah, the sacred golden Candlestick of the destroyed Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which was taken as a chief spoil of war to Roma and paraded in the Triumph of Titus and his father Vespasianus, only to be lost 9 years later in the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the God of Israel's initial act of revenge upon Israel's enemies.
This Series is also available in part on Amazon Kindle, Vol. I (Chronicles 1-24), and Vol. II (Chronicles 25-54).
All illustrations by Eben are humbly offered in dedication to the high school art teacher at the small, rural South Dakota academy he attended, who called his drawing, doodling! Yet another high school art teacher, Gladys Sorenson, who became his friend from age 12, encouraged him to be an artist. Instead of taking her advice, he opted for writing, and will let his readers decide for themselves if he chose to ride the wrong horse and whether his friend Gladys's advice should have been followed instead and painted the Red Star's depredations rather than write about and expose them.