Thursday, June 30, 2005

Nano-bots Released In Australia; Tesla Experiment Goes Wrong

June 30th, 2005

in 1862, Brent Carpenter was brought before the bar at London’s Royal Court. Accused of 68 counts of murder, Carpenter says, against the advice of his counsel, “I can only be tried for 13 murders; one cannot murder a Mlosh. One can only exterminate such vermin.” The prosecution could practically rest its case at that point; Carpenter was found guilty in a 2-day trial, and sentenced to 68 consecutive life sentences.

in 1908, an experiment by Nikolai Tesla went horribly wrong in Central Siberia. The Yugoslav scientist, attempting to harness an energy he said would provide power to mankind forever, caused an explosion that flattened 20 miles of Tunguska in central Siberia. Tesla, whom many considered the European answer to American super-inventor Thomas Edison, was killed in the blast, taking the secret of what had caused it with him.

in 4604, observational satellites detect a meteor about to crash into Siberia in time for missiles to shoot it down. It would have landed in a largely unpopulated area of the savage vassal state, but Imperial scientists felt it best not to take chances with a meteor strike.

in 1914, noted terrorist Mohandas Gandhi is arrested in South Africa. In a move many in the colonial government will not live to regret, he is released in a gesture of reconciliation towards the Indian revolutionaries he leads. He is never captured again.

in 1934, Adolf Hitler quells a brewing civil strife among his lieutenants, resisting their advice that he have Ernst Roehm killed. Instead, he turns against the generals of the German Army, and allows the SA commanded by Roehm to take control of the army. Roehm is recognized as Hitler’s right hand, but always carefully obeys his Fuehrer, for fear of what his old friend is capable of.

in 1941, Lillian Hellman was murdered by her lover Dashiell Hammett after fighting about her other affairs. In the trial of the century, Hammett is convicted after the jury deliberates for 4 days. In 1942, the play and movie based on their affair, Dash & Lilly, shoots movie couple Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan to the upper reaches of Hollywood stardom, and almost wins Reagan the Oscar for Best Actor.

in 1981, Warp Drive, one of the heroes of the Vegas 6, goes through some super-quick convulsions, stops breathing, and is clinically dead for 40 seconds before reviving. Apparently, his super-speed got him through the entire mysterious illness more quickly than the others could go through it. By the end of the day, he was out of the hospital bed and checking on the others while the doctors tried to use some of Sparky’s blood as a serum for Electro-Man.

in 1986, the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s anti-sodomy law, ruling that the Constitution inherently provided a right to privacy. In his concurring opinion with the majority, Justice Powell said, “In my view, a prison sentence for such conduct -- certainly a sentence of long duration (20 years) -- would create a serious Eighth Amendment issue. For this reason the constitutional argument of the Appellate Court should be upheld.” Gay activists across the nation took heart, and sodomy laws were taken off the books across America.

in 2004, Prime Minister Howard of Australia, along with Jacob and Livinia Sheridan, is brought before Damien Moore, the rogue physicist who has engineered his own nano-bots from the Titanian methane crabs. “Today, Australia will know my power,” he told them, “and tomorrow, the world!” Before the Sheridans could break free of the guards holding them and overpower Moore, he released his new nano-bots in an attack on the Australian mainland. The Sheridans began examining his work to find out how to stop it.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Allah Is Merciful

June 29th, 2005

in 614, Allah is merciful as Christian rebel Ferdinand of Castille is driven from Cordoba by the faithful Moors. The infidels are pushed north, where they last for another century before the faithful can destroy them.

in 1613, London’s Globe Theatre burns down. Suspicion immediately falls on William Shakespeare, who had been presenting himself as the author of several plays penned by Francis Bacon until Bacon revealed himself as the author. Shakespeare’s life had taken a sharp downturn since that time, and the entire theatrical community knew that he harbored a deep grudge against Bacon for stealing that prestige from him.

in 4561, casualties on either side of the siege of Hanoi stand at 200,000 fatalities as the final week of battle begins. The Chinese forces move slowly into the city, fighting every inch of the way against truly horrifying opposition from the citizens and military inside the city. In his memoirs of the Battle of Hanoi, Imperial General Zuo Zongtang said that he would prefer being dropped into the deepest of the hells to fighting the Viet again.

in 1941, Kwame Toure, future leader of the American underground organization, the Semitic-African Resistance, is born. One of the galvanizing moments of his life happens in his first few hours: the neo-Nazi supported German People’s Underground fires several nuclear missiles at Greater Zionist-controlled cities across Europe.

in 1956, blonde bombshell Norma Jeane Mortenson married famed humorist Arthur Miller. When asked why she had chosen a man who was not exactly known for his physique, Mrs. Miller answered, “He makes me laugh.” Indeed, the sex goddess seemed much happier after the marriage, and the two laughed away their years together until Mrs. Miller’s death in 2001.

in 1964, producer Bob Wesley’s show Star Trek airs its pilot, The Cage. Although the pilot is disappointing, the show’s concept excites the test audience, and Wesley reworks the cast and script. With a new cast starring Canadian William Shatner, the series was a phenomenal hit, running through 1973 and inspiring a wave of science fiction on television.

in 1970, NBC aired The Judy & Liza Show, which paired the mother-daughter team of Judy Garland and Liza Minelli. The emotional show, featuring music and skits between them, won several Emmys, including Ms. Garland’s first after 3 other nominations. Accepting the award, she thanked God, Reverend Martin King, and her daughter, “who’s been on this road with me for so long. I love you, honey.” It was all the more poignant because they had each been nominated in the same category, and rumor had it that Ms. Minelli wanted the award just as much for herself as for her mother. Still, when her mother won, they embraced and the two seemed to bear no ill will towards each other afterwards.

in 1981, with half of their number down, the remaining Vegas 6 members wait nervously in the Sisters of Mercy hospital in Las Vegas for the CDC to tell them what is happening to their downed fellows. As Piston goes into convulsions, Warp Drive and Meteora, the weather-controller, both collapse. Now, the only unaffected 6er is young Sparky.

in 2004, as Jacob and Livinia Sheridan attempt to break into rogue physicist Damien Moore’s island fortress, they are captured by his mercenary forces and thrown into the same cell as Prime Minister Howard. “So,” Howard tells them, “we’re in it again.”


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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Vegas 6 Fall To Disease

June 28th, 2005

in 1491, future Pope Henry VIII of the Holy British Empire is born. Henry was the most tolerant Pope towards the Protestants in history; some wags even called him the “Protestant Pope”.

in 1862, in a serendipitous stroke of good luck, a police officer in the small town of Heathfield stopped to assist a young man whose vehicle had broken down. The young man looked familiar to the officer, Patrolman Danny Barnett, who scanned his image and checked with the main computers at Scotland Yard. When the man’s identity came back as Brent Carpenter, founder of the Human League, Patrolman Barnett immediately called for help and wrestled Carpenter to the ground. Once handcuffed to his own vehicle, Carpenter began freely confessing everything to Barnett, who let his handheld computer record all the horrific acts of violence against both human and Mlosh that the terrorist told him about.

in 4561, forces in Hanoi are facing starvation, along with the general populace. Chinese troops begin advancing into the outlying districts, and the Viet of the city are urged to fight with whatever weapons they have at hand. “Let us not face them as a goat waiting for slaughter,” Prince Nguyen Vo exhorted his citizens, “but as the tiger in the trap waiting for the man to come. Let us make the price of our lives so high that none will ever wish to fight the Viet again, for even victory is a defeat.”

in 1914, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia narrowly escape the bullets of a Serbian madman, Gavrilo Princip. Princip had evidently thought that killing the royal couple would somehow free his native Serbia; in the aftermath of the assassination attempt, Serbian nationalism was brutally repressed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This came close to igniting a war among the European powers, but the Empire eased its tactics once international pressure was applied to them.

in 1926, Melvin Kaminsky is born in Brooklyn, New York. Getting his start in show business as a writer on Ike Sidney’s Your Show Of Shows, Kaminsky wrote and directed such comedy film classics as Flamin’ Cowboys and The Directors.

in 1928, Eugene Debs is nominated for a 3rd term as U.S. president at the Communist Party National Convention, but loses in the general election against Socialist candidate Clarence Darrow. Debs, ever the activist, moves to Russia and begins organizing labor there in unions, called soviets. The soviet is such a hit that many American unions and organizations begin using the name to describe themselves; indeed, even some states rename themselves soviets to show their solidarity with the working man. This move might never have happened if Debs had won the 1928 election.

in 1981, another member of the Vegas 6 collapses; this time it’s Electro-Man. The Sisters of Mercy hospital staff call in the Center for Disease Control to examine Piston and Electro-Man; when the CDC team arrives, a third team member, Flamer, succumbs to whatever is taking them down.

in 1991, Paul McCartney, former bass player for superstar Pete Best, discovers his true calling; his classical oratorio, Liverpool Oratorio, debuts in London to huge critical acclaim, if somewhat spare box office at first. The profits increase when, 2 weeks into its run, Pete Best himself attends, and embraces McCartney on stage at the end of the show. It was the first time the two had spoken since 1962, and the last; Best died 3 years later without seeing McCartney again.

in 2004, Jacob and Livinia Sheridan climb into their flying saucer and head off towards Damien Moore’s island fortress in the Gulf of Carpentaria to do a little reconnoitering. While they are flying around the island, one of Moore’s defensive batteries takes a shot at them, and they are forced to crash into the water. They make it ashore, but have no resources. Nonetheless, they decide to head towards the fortress in order to save Prime Minister Howard.


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Monday, June 27, 2005

Mlosh Quarter Terrorized; Superhero Collapses

June 27th, 2005

in 1829, English scientist James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy. In his will, he has a clause that should his only nephew die without heirs, his whole estate would go to "the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Unfortunately for the U.S., Smithson’s nephew Henry Hungerford has 4 children before dying in 1841.

in 1862, in a chillingly bloody raid, Human League terrorists smash into the Mlosh Quarter of London and slaughter over 50 Mlosh, including 14 children. 13 humans were also killed by the terrorists because they attempted to shield the aliens with their own bodies. Parliament is galvanized into action, calling out the military. Prime Minister Henry Palmerston vows, “Though these cold-blooded killers may think that all men of England support them, I say that true men of Britannia will never support those who slaughter the innocent; I say that we will hunt them down as the vermin they are; and I say that they shall see justice, justice for all the dead, human and Mlosh.” These words echoed across the nation and the world, and Mlosh support for Palmerston was unparalleled.

in 1930, H. Ross Perot, businessman and statesman, is born in Texarkana, Texas. Although of humble origins, this small-town man rose to become one of the richest men in the world. His radical notions of straight talk and giving people the information they needed to make good decisions about politicians led him to bring down the 2-party system in America by successfully winning the presidency in 1992 and again in 1996. During this time, his Reform Party managed to claw its way into spoiler status in Congress, and they enacted measures that led to our current multi-party state.

in 4648, the b’Han scientists, in a tour of Beijing, see beggars being hustled away from their route. Asking why these humans are treated differently from others, their guide, Imperial Minister Chang Kai-Shek, explains, “There are some humans that are born lower than others. I, for instance, was born lower than our glorious emperor; my servants were born lower than I; and these,” he said, pointing after the beggars, “are born lowest of all.” This seemed to trouble the b’Han, and they immediately made a report back to their ship. When news of this reached the emperor, he told the guides that the b’Han should be guided away from such unpleasantness from now on.

in 1954, the CIA is dealt a serious blow as the rebels they sponsored to overthrow the elected government of Guatemala are defeated and executed. The international humiliation and condemnation is so intense that President Eisenhower effectively muzzles the CIA. They are forbidden from performing covert operations without express Congressional approval. As much as the organization grumbles and chafes at the restrictions, their performance as an intelligence-gathering body improves exponentially, and by the end of the 60’s, they are regarded as the most reliable agency operating in the U.S. government.

in 1975, famed musical duo Sonny and Cher divorce. While Sonny Bono continues in the music world, at first producing other acts and then beginning a successful solo career of his own, Cher moves into the business world. She starts a few restaurants, and then moves into politics, winning elections as mayor of Palm Beach and then to the U.S. Congress.

in 1981, after returning to Las Vegas, Vegas 6 member Piston, (neurologist Steven Hawk), collapses in his hotel. He is found by hotel staff and rushed to the hospital. The other Vegas 6 members rush to his side as the doctors search for the reason of his collapse.

in 1995, Mikhail von Heflin manages to send the part of the Kremlin holding the captive creature from beyond into a pocket dimension, cutting it off from this world and the Russians off from it. He then fights his way out of the Russian citadel and back onto the streets of Moscow, where he is able to sneak away. The Russians might be able to break into his pocket dimension someday; but he will be watching for news of an earthquake in Moscow as warning.

in 2004, physicist Damien Moore captures the Australian Prime Minister John Howard with a modified army of the Titanian methane crabs. Using the illusory powers of the nano-organisms, he is able to fend off the security around the Prime Minister and spirit him off to his hideaway in the Gulf of Carpentaria. A call is placed to the Sheridans; Australia requires their assistance again.


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Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Tragedy Of Richard Of Gloucester

June 26th, 2005

in 1483, evidence is produced in Parliament that young Edward V, son of the late King Edward IV of England, is the product of a bigamous marriage, and therefore illegitimate and ineligible for the crown, as is his brother Richard. Their uncle, Richard of Gloucester, is urged by many nobles present to seize the crown for himself. Torn between love for his family and righteous indignation at the thought of a bastard on the throne of England, Richard proposes a compromise. He would adopt the boys as his own, rule as regent till Edward came of age, and then abdicate to the boy. After much wrangling, Parliament agreed to this, and Richard was crowned Richard III ten days later. He named Edward his son and heir, and upon his majority, willingly surrendered the crown to him. Richard’s reign is remembered for his fairness in civil matters and mercy to his enemies.

in 1483, Archbishop Richard of Gloucester was named by the College of Cardinals as the next Pope of the Holy British Empire, following the death of Pope Edward IV. Many cardinals of the Order of St. Lancaster objected, preferring Monsignor Henry Tudor of their own order, and this caused a holy war to break out between the 2 factions. In the ensuing battle, the Lancastrians won, and Henry was installed in 1485 as Pope Henry VII. The Holy British Empire mourned the change; His Holiness, Henry VII, was not the best leader they had had.

in 4561, after their captured air raft is shot down, General Pham Tat Tran leads a division of his men to ambush a Siamese unit. Taking their uniforms, they sow division between the Siamese and Chinese soldiers by staging raids on the Chinese in Siamese colors. This tactic succeeds brilliantly, and thousands of Siamese and Chinese soldiers are killed in the in-fighting over the next three days until Pham’s unit is discovered and the ruse is unmasked.

in 1962, Comrade President Rosenberg makes his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in East Berlin, decrying the wall that fascist Europe has built between itself and the enlightened socialism of the east. In this most famous speech of his career, he said, “There are those who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin!” Thousands of dedicated communists heeded his call and descended on the divided city to work for the advancement of socialism there.

in 1974, after a brief separation, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reconciled their marriage, and remained together happily until Burton’s death ten years later. Ms. Taylor, distraught over losing her greatest love, never married again.

in 1981, Mobius, the 7th survivor of the Vegas Plague, uses his growing mental powers to force the police to free him, and takes them and the other criminals over. With another personal army, this time very well armed, he makes another assault on Las Vegas, where the Vegas 6 intercept and divert them from the city into the desert. Out there, Mobius escapes, but the 6 deprive him of his criminal army.

in 1995, realizing that a frontal assault on the Kremlin would be problematic at best, Mikhail von Heflin disguises himself as a courier and infiltrates the complex. Once inside, he relies on his senses to guide him to the creature from beyond that has been taken captive. Once he finds the chamber where the creature is being studied, the Baron has a tough choice; free the creature and risk it escaping into the streets of Moscow, or turn this chamber into its prison and hope he can cut it off from the rest of the Kremlin before too many soldiers force him to retreat. He chooses the latter, and begins the process precisely at midnight.

in 1998, Gone With The Wind is re-released. The nostalgic look at northern life prior to the devastation of the Civil War was one of the few films to have successful box office on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line when it was released in 1939. In the wake of the coming reunification of the Confederate and United States, though, it is seen by many on both sides of the border as unnecessarily inflammatory.


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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Argentine Loss In The World Cup

June 26th, 2005

in 1265, Bishop Simon de Montfort faced Pope Henry III at the Battle of Evesham. After de Montfort was thoroughly routed, Pope Henry said, “God has decreed a terrible punishment for all those who stand against him,” and ordered the rebel bishop dismembered. After tales of de Montfort’s grisly end spread across the Holy British Empire, no one dared take up arms against the pope until after Henry III’s passing.

in 1947, pilot Ken Arnold buys his own airport with money that he said “a rich Uncle Sam left me.” He never did say why.

in 1949, comic-philanthropist Jimmie Walker was born in the Bronx. During his stint on the TV series Good Time, Walker was paid a handsome salary, which he invested wisely. When the series came to an end, he was able to pick projects of high quality, rather than simply jump at any entertainment job that presented itself to him. He also donated to several charities, most notably the United Negro College Fund. The Jimmie Walker Memorial Scholarship was set up in his name to help other young black comics get both an education and a leg up in the entertainment world.

in 1950, the Korean conflict begins. With Chinese aid, the fascistic northern Koreans invade the Soviet American-aided southern Koreans. The bloody war rages for almost 4 years, and only results in a fierce stalemate, as both sides agree to end overt hostilities. China and Soviet America also agree to end covert hostilities towards each other after the conflict proved almost as costly to them as it had to their surrogates.

in 1978, hearts are broken across host country Argentina as they lose the World Cup 3-1. In the Netherlands, however, hearts soared as they avenged their loss in the 1970 Cup.

in 1981, the Vegas 6 meet at the abandoned Metro casino and discuss an interesting development – their powers are getting stronger. Electro-Man and Sparky can produce shocks like thunderbolts, and Warp Drive is able to break the sound barrier with ease. All the heroes feel their powers growing; unfortunately, they know that means that Mobius is growing in strength, as well.

in 1982, porn star John Holmes is acquitted of murder charges in the death of an acquaintance. After this narrow escape from death, he turns his life around and obtains a law degree from UCLA. Although dying of AIDS, he spent the rest of his life advocating for those who had been trampled by life, and tried to bring hope to others suffering his condition.

in 1995, arriving in Moscow, Mikhail von Heflin is stopped by a military patrol; it seems as if martial law has been imposed on the city. Unwilling to be taken to prison, he bashes his way through the young soldiers attempting to arrest him and plunges into the heart of the great Russian city to find his quarry. He can feel its unnatural presence pulsing in the Kremlin.

in 2004, the Horus Project is cancelled by presidential order, and all the residents of the virtual Heaven are to be returned to their bodies. Having no body to return to, David Adams says a final farewell to his wife Marjorie, and they part as Heaven is deleted. Mrs. Adams is celebrated as a national hero, but the accolades fall on a broken heart.


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Friday, June 24, 2005

Franks Defeated At Poitier

June 24th, 2005

in 1204 AUC, Valentinian III, emperor of the western Roman Empire, saw the appearance of a flame in the sky as an omen that God was displeased with his decision to allow Marcian to ascend to the throne in the east. He ordered his legions to take and kill Marcian, and after this was done, he declared an end to the bisected empire. No longer would Rome face the world with 2 heads; Valentinian would lead as sole emperor.

in 110, by the grace of Allah, the forces of the Umayyad defeated the Frank general Charles Martel at Poitier. The path was then cleared for all of the Frankish people to be brought the teachings of the Prophet.

in the 3rd year of Kamanestra’s reign, the Army of the Western Lands arrived in Eire and forced them back into the service of the Pharaohs. Pockets of resistance lasted for several years, but most of the population had never heeded the words of the chieftains, anyway, and barely obeyed the Egyptians.

in 1947, pilot Ken Arnold made contact with a group of flying saucers over Mt. Rainier in Washington. When [REST OF POST CENSORED]

in 1948, the European monarchies begin their blockade of East Berlin in a vain effort to starve out the socialist comrades of the Soviet States of America. America responds by airlifting food and supplies directly to the Berliners, and the city becomes a flashpoint for communist/capitalist conflict for decades to come.

in 1982, the Equal Rights Amendment is passed. In spite of what its opponents had believed, it does not lead to enforced homosexuality, abortion and divorce. In spite of what its proponents had believed, it does not lead to equality, fair wages and sensitivity among men. It is an amendment, not magic.

in 1984, the Silver Beatles, musical superstar Pete Best’s old band, release an album of covers, mostly of his old songs, but also a few recent pop singles. Their cover of “Don’t You Want Me, Baby” actually makes it to the top 50 charts in the UK, but interest fizzles out after a few weeks.

in 2004, with the help of the other hackers trapped in the Horus Project’s Heaven, Marjorie Adams is able to bypass the security around them and send data on the project directly to the various news channels during the evening broadcast. Virtually everyone in the world sees what the Smartnet was actually created for, as well as the names of the people behind Horus.



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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Parisian Revolution; The Vegas 6

June 23rd, 2005

in the Dreaming, the Pindanjaru began to receive signs that the pale men were approaching, and to be wary. The wise among them heard Wandjina warn them that they would have to endure many seasons under the pale men. They told their people to harden themselves for the days ahead.

in 1848, workers in Paris stage a bloody insurrection against the government. As the king dithered over what to do about them, they attracted support from across the country, and soon were able to topple the government of King Louis-Philippe. Installing Pierre Joigneaux as Prime Minister, they began building a new government based on Marxist ideals.

in 4648, the ship carrying Emperor Dao-Ming and the scientific expedition of the Chdo Democracy landed at Star City in China. The people of the empire thronged to see the aliens as they gingerly walked into the bright sun. Speaking through a translation device, K’T’Teloa n’Dhao, the leader of the expedition, said to the crowd, “Neighbors, we come in peace for all Chdo. We bring friendship, life and knowledge, and hope only to exchange such with you.” The b’Han scientists were soon the toast of the Star City social circuit, celebrities everywhere in the world.

in 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser is elected President of Egypt. The visionary leader does the unthinkable in his first year in office – he makes peace with Israel. Egypt under his rule becomes the most open and westernized of the Arab nations, and is the envy of even Israel in freedom and prosperity. Nasser attributed his success to a chance meeting with Albert Einstein in his youth. Taken with the Jewish physicist, he worked his whole life to bring about “a world where the two of us needn’t hate or fear each other for our differences,” he said in his final public speech.

in 1972, President Nixon vetoes an act barring sexual discrimination in college sports. “Women need to be able to stand on their own, without help from the government. This is the only way in which they can be truly independent.” The Republican Party never regained the women’s vote after that statement.

in 1981, the 6 Vegas Plague survivors who have banded together in order to use their powers to help people face their first challenge – the super-powered individual they had rejected at their first meeting, Mobius, uses his powers to entrance a mob of tourists on the Vegas Strip and turn them into his personal army of looters. After an epic battle in the streets, Warp Drive, (the super-fast Nathaniel Engelsen), manages to slip through Mobius’ hypnotized bodyguards and capture him. Unsure what to do with Mobius, the Vegas 6 turn him over to the police.

in 1995, the Baron of Death picks himself back up after the creature from beyond had been stolen from him and sets off in pursuit of his attackers. von Heflin can sense the presence of the creature, something that he is certain the men in black uniforms didn’t know. Sensing that they are fleeing the area too quickly to follow on foot, Mikhail steals a car and points it toward their destination – Moscow.

in 2004, after connecting into the Smartnet, Marjorie Adams breaks back into the Horus Project’s Heaven to see her husband again. After explaining the situation to him, David Adams tells her not to give in. “They can’t be allowed to do this to everyone,” he tells her. “You’ve got to stop them.” Mrs. Adams leaves Heaven and gives her answer to Horus’s director – no deal. She is thrown into a cell and forced back into the Horus Project, where she and the other residents of Heaven wait tensely to see what will happen.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Slavery Outlawed In The U.K.; Romans On Luna

June 22nd, 2005

in 1770, Great Britain outlaws slavery. This movement, spearheaded by the Mlosh community in the U.K., will spread across Europe by the end of the decade. While it is welcomed by most Europeans, a small number of former slaveholders harbors resentment against the Mlosh for this. They join with people of similar sentiments in the North American Confederation to form the Traditional Values Brigade. This xenophobic movement gives birth to many other anti-Mlosh organizations, such as the Warriors of God, the Sons of Adam, and of course, the Human League.

in 2656 AUC, Jovanis Centurius Crotus became the first Roman on Luna. A man who had begun life as a pauper in Germania, he became an inspiration to the entire Republic. His words, “A small step for me; but with it, our people leap into the future,” were left emblazoned on a plaque at his landing site.

in 1935, Astrid Pflaume, leader of the Greater Zionist Resistance, is assassinated by her former allies, neo-Nazi time-travelers from the late 1960’s. In spite of the loss of one their greatest leaders, the GZR grows even stronger. The neo-Nazis at this point have little choice but to begin shuttling weapons of the future into the past.

in 1981, seven survivors of the Vegas Plague assemble together in New York City. They have all manifested some sort of super-normal power, and some of them, like Electro-Man and Sparky, have used their powers to help people. One of the survivors, though, suggests that they use their powers for personal gain. This man, Mobius, does not give the group his real name, and leaves the meeting when they fail to adopt his suggestion.

in 1989, George Harrison, former guitarist for Pete Best, produces an album for a new artist named Madonna Ciccone. The album, Living in the Material World, featuring the song Material Girl, is an international hit.

in 1991, Mt. Didicas erupts underwater in the Philippines. After the eruption is over and the sea has cooled, vulcanologists diving in the area see the remains of some sort of settlement in the area around the volcano. Further study shows that the “settlement” was a city stretching for miles. Paranormal researchers the world over converge on the Philippines, thinking that they have discovered Atlantis.

in 1995, Mikhail von Heflin places his prisoner back into the chamber in the temple in Khabarovsk, and begins to seal it back up. Just before he completes the seal, the Baron is struck by several men in black military uniforms, who manage to fight him off long enough to steal the creature and make an escape.

in 1998, Judy Garland dies of a heart attack. In her youth, many people thought that the famed entertainer would have died much younger, due to her drug and alcohol abuse. But, in her 40’s, she met a young preacher from Georgia named Martin King who convinced her that her life meant something. She went on to win 2 more Oscars and to use her fame to speak out in favor of racial equality and addressing the needs of the poor in America.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams meets with the head of the Horus Project, John Berry. “You have been a great deal of trouble, Mrs. Adams,” he tells her. “Now, I’ll give you a deal; tell everyone it was a hoax, or we delete your husband from Heaven.” They give her 24 hours to think about it.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Electro-Man & Sparky

June 21st, 2005

in 1788, the colony of New Hampshire elects not to join the fledgling United States, and declares itself a free republic. The republic is beset by financial problems, as its small population consisting mostly of farmers can barely sustain itself during the harsh New England winters. During the War of 1812, it is occupied by British troops and forced to become a province of Canada.

in 1876, Emperor Generalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, leader of Mexico and the greatest power in North America during his reign, died. In battle, the great general had defeated a rebellion against his rule in the state of Texas, and an invasion of his northwestern borders by the smaller United States of America.

in 1905, young Adolf Schickelgruber entered the Viennese School of Art. On his exit from the famed art college, Schickelgruber led a movement of German artists that attempted to recapture the glory of pagan Germany. His feelings of nationalistic fervor led him into the German army during the Great War, where he was killed in a mustard gas attack. His work has recently sold for as much as US$5 million.

in 1911, noted author H.G. Wells releases a small game he has devised, called Little Wars. It is a wargame where each player takes the side of a small army of miniature figures and leads them in war against the other. It is wildly successful, and spawns an industry of wargame manufacturers

in 1925, hot off the success of his studio’s first talking picture, Thomas Edison releases a new type of record player, as well as a new type of record. The records are magnetic in nature, and the players are able to read the magnetic impulses with an electric stylus. The sound is scratch-free and almost as clear as if you were in the room when it was being recorded. These magno-albums, or Maggies, revolutionize the music industry.

in 4648, Emperor Dao-Ming flew back to earth with a small group of scientists from the Chdo Democracy. These b’Han, which looked like a cross between grey slugs and dragons, had been trained in Chinese culture during their voyage to our solar system, and in spite of the physical difference, Dao felt perfectly at ease with them. This relationship proved valuable to the emperor in the coming years, as his people explored further out into the universe.

in 1981, a jewelry store robbery in Las Vegas is halted by an older man and young boy calling themselves Electro-Man and Sparky. They are able to control the electrical impulses in other people’s bodies, as well as shoot electricity out of their own. Unknown to the world just yet, the pair, (whose actual identities are John Hartnett and his grandson Matthew Knoll), are survivors of the Vegas Plague, the first to publicly manifest the powers that the plague is bringing forth in its victims.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams finds Jason Grzechy’s body, still plugged into the Smartnet terminal. She tries to administer CPR, but it is too late. Fearing for her own life, she flees back to the San Francisco Chronicle, but is captured on the way by Horus Project security, who take her to their headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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Monday, June 20, 2005

Classified

June 20th, 2005

in 1791, former King Louis XVI escapes from the clutches of the revolutionaries and is given sanctuary in England. When the English refuse to extradite him to the revolutionary government, the two great nations go to war. Over the next 6 years, the two great powers waste themselves on each other, and their lands and colonies around the world are seized by other opportunistic European nations.

in 1837, Pope William IV of the Holy British Empire dies, and is succeeded by his daughter, Pope Victoria I. Victoria takes the stagnant Catholic empire and extends its rule from Europe onto every continent in a papacy that lasts for 70 years. Many during her reign believed that she was Arthur finally reborn, but this was squashed as heresy.

in 1944, Congress chartered the Central Intelligence Agency. The rest of this post is classified.

in 4648, Emperor Dao-Ming of the Chinese Empire and Ambassador Ko’cho Lmota of the Chdo Democracy hammer out the Agreement on Interstellar Protocols, a peace treaty between the two space-faring races. Ko’cho is also eager to see what resources the empire has for trade, and gains permission from Dao-Ming to allow researchers to land on earth and explore the rest of the system.

in 1963, the United States and the Soviet Union made a hot-line agreement that established emergency communications between the two superpowers. It was only used once, during the nuclear exchange over Israel in 1973.

in 1981, the few survivors of the Vegas Plague, a genetically-engineered virus that escaped from Area 51 and devastated Las Vegas, Nevada, begin to exhibit strange new abilities; they are quicker, faster, even smarter than before the plague. A Center for Disease Control team moves into the Vegas area to begin a study of them.

in 1995, heading back to Khabarovsk, the Baron of Death begins summoning the strength to reconstruct the prison he had made for his captive, a creature from beyond the world. Since it had taken 5 centuries for it to escape the other one, he estimated at least that long before it could escape a new one.

in 2004, Jason Grzechy , carrying around a DNL interface, plugs it into a Smartnet terminal and starts hacking around. He has been warned by Marjorie Adams to be careful, but he feels a strong urge to exact revenge for the last two weeks on those behind the Horus Project. Unfortunately for him, the safety protocols around Horus turn out to be deadly.


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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Juneteenth; Horus Project Exposed

June 19th, 2005

in 485 B.C., upon Xerxes’ ascension to the Persian throne, slaves throughout the great kingdom rebelled. The councilors to the king debated long as to whether to simply kill the slaves or bring them back into servitude. Xerxes seemed to have had a change of heart recently, because he counseled a third course; he proclaimed an end to slavery within Persian lands. Many nobles rebelled, but the king was able to enforce this edict throughout his reign.

in 71 B.C., the slave army of Spartacus marched on Rome and defeated the army led by Crassus of Rome. Spartacus then sacked Rome and freed all the slaves of Italy. Roman General Pompey, coming too late to assist Crassus, attempted to drive the slaves from Rome itself, but was defeated and killed at the battle of the Appian Way.

in 1861, as he begins his second term, President Walt Whitman states that "the Constitution of the United States stands for all people, or it stands for no people." He sends out a proclamation that slavery is illegal within the borders of the United States, and declares that all persons currently held as slaves within those borders would now be free. The nation braces for a southern rebellion against the Communist leader.

in 1867, Union riders still in the Confederate state of Texas tell as many of the slaves as they can of the Emancipation Proclamation and freedom in the Union. As the Union armies withdraw to their side of the border, many black slaves find a way to spirit themselves along; over half of the slaves in Texas leave with the Union troops. This mass exodus is still popularly celebrated by their descendants in the US as Juneteenth.

in 1910, The Congress of Nations captures 4 key Jovian moons, including the production base for the Jovian Mlosh’s warships. The battle seems long lost for the Jovians, but they make a desperate attack on earth to see if they can take the war to the C.N. 5 dozen ships assault the most heavily-defended planet in the solar system, and none make it back to Jupiter.

in 1981, Nathaniel Engelsen, still in the hospital after recovering from the mysterious virus that hit Las Vegas, drops a cup of water. He watches it as it falls, and it seems to be moving in slow motion; he reaches out and grabs it, and catches all the water back inside it. After the cup is secure, his perception seems to return to normal. The incident confuses him, and he mentions it to no one.

in 1995, Mikhail von Heflin and the creature from beyond the world meet on the tundra of northern Russia, and the Baron must summon all his formidable powers to keep the creature from destroying him. After a great battle, he manages to subdue it and begins the long trek back to Khabarovsk to imprison it again.

in 2004, when the Horus Project expose breaks in the San Francisco Chronicle, President Gore is peppered with questions about it at a hastily arranged press conference. “I had no knowledge that Smartnet was being used for this purpose,” he says. When reporters asked to examine the back of his head for a DNL implant, he obliges; there are no signs of an implant. Meanwhile, the Chronicle is making arrangements to hide Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy for some time.


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Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Moon As Bright As Day

June 18th, 2005

in 1178, an explosion is seen on the moon by 5 Canterbury monks. Believing that this heralds the end of the world, they flee the monastery and exhort all about them to pray for deliverance. Within a week, all of England is paralyzed with fear of the end, and mass suicides begin happening across the country.

in 3874, Emperor Xiaozong Shen saw a star attack the moon, and the moon glow as bright as day for a moment. This vision seized him, and he summoned his royal astronomers. “Bend all your will towards getting us there,” he told them, pointing at the moon. “The Heavens must be ours.” It took over 700 years, but the vision of the emperors never wavered. Even as they controlled the earth, they knew that their destiny lay among the heavens.

in 1776, Tlamsita’s Congress of Nations gains its first members as both the North American Confederation and the Sioux Nation agree to join. By the end of the month, all of the western hemisphere has at least agreed to talks on the organization.

in 1815, Napoleon defeated the allied forces of Britain, Belgium, Germany and Holland in the battle of Waterloo, in Belgium. The emperor’s defeat of the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Bl├╝cher, commander of the Prussian forces, was so crushing that the Austrian and Russian armies, arriving late to the battle, immediately retreated to their respective countries on seeing the carnage. France continued to dominate the continent until the emperor’s death in 1821.

in 1961, the long-running western Gunsmoke aired for the last time on the radio before moving to television. When viewers saw star William Conrad reprise his role from the radio show, they were less than impressed, and the television series ended after one season.

in 1981, a genetically-engineered virus escapes the Groom Lake Research Center (better known as Area 51) in Nevada and drifts over nearby Las Vegas. Vacationing gambler Nathaniel Engelsen is one of the hundreds who contracts the virus, and one of only a handful who survive it. When he comes out of the coma, he feels oddly different.

in 1995, as the creature from beyond makes its escape from Khabarovsk, Russia, Mikhail von Heflin sets off in pursuit. He plans to recapture it far enough away from the city to prevent any further damage to the Khabarovskis, but close enough to where he can return it to the prison he constructed for it. Unfortunately, it evades him and heads north, toward the Arctic. The Baron reluctantly follows.

in 2004, Jason Grzechy and Marjorie Adams hitchhike to San Francisco and find the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle. Although their story is unbelievable, the editor, J. W. Birdsall, is convinced when he sees the implants in their heads. The story is set to run the next day, and the Chronicle hides the pair in a hotel room, where they spend a night in fitful sleep.


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Friday, June 17, 2005

Death VS The Creature From Beyond

June 17th, 2005

in 1579, Sir Francis Drake lands on the western coast of North America. The native people, at first welcoming to him, become hostile after one of his men rapes a young women. In the ensuing battle, Drake and most of his men are killed. One ship barely makes it back to England.

in 1856, the first national convention of the Communist Party, formerly known as the Republican Party, is held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At this raucus meeting of the people, Walt Whitman is nominated as the party's candidate for the presidency. Whitman's speech accepting the nomination, the first ever delivered at a national convention, brings tears to the eyes of the delegates. His moving, poetic words stir the nation, and he becomes the youngest man ever elected President of the United States.

in 1880, John Monte Ward has the best day of his life as he throws a perfect game of Town Ball, and his Providence Sailors beat the Buffalo Northmen 5-0. It is only the 2nd perfect game of Town Ball ever.

in 4648, an Imperial Star Fleet ship sailed out to the agreed coordinates, just outside the orbit of Jupiter, to meet the Chdo Embassador. Emperor Dao-Ming considered the meeting to be of such importance that he had been through Star Sailor training himself in Star City, and flew on the vessel.

in 1972, unknown assailants killed a night watchman at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The crime was never fully investigated for some reason. Conspiracy nuts continue to say 3-term President Richard Nixon had a hand in it, but who can believe those nattering nabobs of negativity?

in 1994, former football star O.J. Simpson, under suspicion for the murders of his ex-wife and a friend, flees capture with the help of his old friend, Al Cowlings. They blend into Los Angeles traffic and slip away from the police. Simpson is not seen again for 4 years.

in 1995, a creature from beyond the world that has been hunting the citizens of Khabarovsk, Russia, is found and fought with by Mikhail von Heflin, the Baron of Death who had captured it five centuries before. The homes in that neighborhood, already weakened by the earthquake that had freed the creature, suffer greatly from the battle, and the Baron lets the creature go rather than harm these people further.

in 2004, after David Adams convinces his wife Marjorie to leave the Horus Project’s virtual Heaven, Jason Grzechy uses a small cleaning robot he and an Irish Smartnet admin have hacked into to reattach the Direct Neural Link cable into their brains and download themselves back into the real world. Back in their bodies, they escape the facility they are being held in, and find their way to a newspaper.



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Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Destruction Of Babylon

June 16th, 2005

in the 43rd year of Hammurabi’s reign, Babylonia was destroyed and the great Priest-King himself was killed when the Hittites took the country. The great laws of the king were shattered, never to be seen again.

in 1776, Tlamsita, Ml’Astra’s First Chancellor, begins her campaign to establish a meeting place for representatives of all governments on the planet. Mlosh-friendly populations in North America, Asia and southern Africa are all receptive to her invitation, but the old guard countries in Europe, north Africa and South America resist. Tlamsita dies before seeing the culmination of her dreams, the Congress of Nations, established in 1864.

in 4582, the first female Star Sailor, Yueh Chan Juan, achieves orbit over the earth. She would also become the first woman on the moon 19 years later, as Imperial Administrator of the colony there.

in 1934, uranium is smuggled into Germany by Nazi time-travelers even as the Greater Zionist Resistance is battering at its borders. Plans for nuclear weaponry follow in short order, but Zionist sympathizers among the German scientists funnel them to the GZR. There will soon be a mushroom cloud over Berlin.

in 1959, George Reeves, an actor best-known as Superman up to that point, attempted suicide. Rushed to hospital, he was saved from a nearly-fatal gunshot wound, and began a slow recovery, both mental and physical. This produced such a profound change on him that he left acting to become a minister to the poor in Los Angeles.

in 1976, students in Soweto, South Africa, begin a rebellion that topples the white government in 4 months time. The nation formerly known for its racism becomes a shining beacon of tolerance as the newly-freed leader of the nation, Nelson Mandela, embraces his former captors.

in 1978, the film adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease, premieres in New York City. Reprising their stage roles, Jeff Conaway as Danny Zuko and John Travolta as Kenickie turn the show into the top-grossing movie musical of all time. Conaway’s film career takes off, with dozens of star turns. Travolta, who had seemed promising in the TV series Welcome Back Kotter and the movie Saturday Night Fever, fades into obscurity, his career ending in the science fiction series Babylon 5.

in 2004, disgusted with the “Heaven” created by the Horus Project, Jason Grzechy leaves the Adams’ to their reunion and begins talking up the other Smartnet personnel who have been backed up into the system. With their assistance, he is able to construct a hack that gives him a view of his body. It is apparently scheduled for disposal the next day, along with Marjorie Adams’. With the help of an Irish admin, Fionna O’Sullivan, Grzechy devises a plan to get out; but to do so, Marjorie must leave David behind.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Western Land; Death In Khabarovsk

June 15th, 2005

in 1225, Pope John of the Holy British Empire signed the Magna Carta, guaranteeing the rights of all British citizens. This move is universally opposed by his bishops and cardinals, leading to the first of many rebellions against his Holiness.

in the 60th year of Tutankhara’s reign, a land was discovered across the Western Ocean. The new steam-powered vessels of the Pharaoh were able to cross the vast expanse of the ocean in mere weeks, making all the old tales about the Western Ocean hiding the home of the gods a lie. The Oeztecan Empire that was found there immediately saw the advantage of trade with the east, and a long partnership was begun between the two mighty people.

in 1802, Virginian farmer and politician George Washington is elected to serve as First Chancellor of the North American Confederation. He serves for two terms, and is succeeded by his Iroquois Second Chancellor, Onatah.

in 4561, the second of the many disastrous sorties was made by the rebels in Hanoi. The waiting Chinese army destroyed a thousand men before the rebels could make their way back within the city. On this day, also, a peace envoy was sent out to begin negotiating with the Chinese. Although they struggled heroically, they would ultimately prove unsuccessful.

in 1949, Oscar-winning tragic actor Jim Varney was born in Kentucky. He rose to national prominence playing Evan Earp, a descendant of Wyatt Earp’s on the dramatic TV series, The Rousters. This was followed by his first Oscar-worthy performance in the film Hey, Vern, It’s Ernest. He also won a Tony for his performance as King Lear the year of his death, in 2000.

in 1990, Pete Best’s final album before his death was released. Fool In Love sold 1 million copies in its first week, proving the old man still had plenty of fans left. Although it lacked the experimentation of his early work, the masterful crafting of the music in the album more than made up for it; a fitting cap on a legendary career.

in 1995, Mikhail von Heflin descends into the temple of Khabarovsk to see if he must again fight the creature from beyond the world that almost took his life 5 centuries before. When he finds the door broken open, he crosses over the threshold and enter’s the creature’s home. It is gone; the Baron hastily leaves the temple and begins a search of Khabarovsk for it.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy have learned that the Horus Project utilized the incredible speed and power of the Smartnet to provide a backup for people’s minds, and create an environment where they could interact with each other and watch what was still happening in the world. Although nominally reserved for major government and business figures, they found out that many Smartnet administrators had taken advantage of the Project, as well; including, as Marjorie found out in a tearful reunion, her husband David.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Peasant's Revolt; The Horus Project Revealed

June 14th, 2005

in 1381, the Peasant's Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxed when they took the Archbishop of Canterbury hostage and demanded to speak with the King. Richard II, after much negotiating, agreed to the peasant's terms; the nobility was abolished, except for the King's own line, and Wat Tyler was made Richard's Prime Minister. This immediately caused the Baron's Rebellion, which was put down in short order by huge armies of peasant volunteers. In his triumphant speech to his troops after the negotiations, Tyler said, "We will be free forever, our heirs and our lands."

in 1801, His Majesty Benedict Arnold, Lord of the American States, dies at his castle in Benedictus, New York. His heroism in freeing the former British colonies from the tyranny of King George had led to his coronation in 1787 when he disbanded the Continental Congress and implemented his direct rule.

in 1910, the Jovian Mlosh attack the Congress of Nations blockade around their moons, formally declaring war against the C.N. At the same time, C.N. warships are routing the Jovians in the Mlosh home system, placing themselves between the Q’Bar and the Jovians. The transports to the Kantar system are halted while the Jovians try to fight off the C.N.

in 1931, the time-travelling Nazi backers of the Greater Zionist Resistance met with Astrid Pflaume to determine the best way to get their plans back on course. Unknown to them, her loyalties had switched after the hard fighting with her Zionists, and when the Nazis arrived, she had them all shot.

in 1954, President Adlai Stevenson vetoed the Republican attempt to add the words "under God" to the pledge of allegiance, declaring it against American values. "We can defeat the Soviets without recourse to petty jingoism or invoking the Almighty," Stevenson told a press conference.

in 1994, international sensation Pete Best died of a heart attack at his apartment in New York City. Fans the world over mourned. Sought out for comment, his old bandmate Paul McCartney, recently reconciled after Best’s efforts to help him with his classical music, said, “That’s the way it goes, i’n’t it?”

in 2003, NASA and the European Space Agency began detecting large numbers of ships coming into orbit over the earth. The Martians had arrived.

in 2004, Jason Grzechy, bound as tightly as Marjorie Adams, is wheeled into the small cell where she is being kept. They are seemingly forgotten, and Grzechy remains unconscious most of the day. When he wakes, someone comes in to examine him, followed by a mysterious man in a suit. After being satisfied that they are both all right, the man in the suit says, “Welcome to the Horus Project, Mrs. Adams; Mr. Grzechy. Today, you will learn why you should have minded your own business.” He then plugged a cable into the neural interfaces they had surgically installed, and the two suddenly found themselves sitting in a small office, across a desk from a handsome Indian man. “Hello,” the Indian man said. “I am Dev Purkayastha, and I will be your guide into the Horus Project.” Over the night, the intricacies of what they have stumbled into are explained to them.


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Monday, June 13, 2005

Wandjina's Wisdom; Nobody Screams For Ice Cream

June 13th, 2005

in the Dreaming, Wandjina came to the people of Pindanjaru with much wisdom. He spoke of caring for the land, of building a bridge to the stars, and of the coming of the pale men. He promised to return on that day to defend the Dreaming against their invasion.

in Kaliyuga 597, Gauthama Siddhartha, a prince of India, sat beneath a tree and meditated. The riches of his people were before him, privilege and honor enough for 10 nobles. But he knew nothing of poverty. After much meditation, he decided he preferred it that way. He became a hideous tyrant, conquering the lands to the north as well as other Hindi.

in 1789, Mrs. Alexander Hamilton served a dessert treat for General George Washington, a dish called ice cream. It was not received well, and has never been a popular sweet since, in spite of several attempts to remarket it.

in 4561, in a desparate attempt to gain access to food from farmlands around the city, troops in Hanoi burst through the Chinese siege forces in a bloody battle lasting half the day. They were barely able to scavenge enough food to hold off starvation for a few days; the situation inside Hanoi was almost as grim after the sorty as before.

in 1910, finally heeding the anguished pleas of the Q’Bar, the Congress of Nations sends a fleet to halt the genocide that the Jovian Mlosh are committing against them in the Mlosh home system. They also send a sizeable number of warships to the Jovian moons in order to let the Jovians know that further attacks would jeopardize their home.

in 1944, the first satellites of the German Underground are placed in orbit. Their time-traveling neo-Nazi benefactors had brought them the plans years before, but they had finally acquired the resources to make use of them. With these satellites, they are able to better coordinate rocket attacks on the dwindling Greater Zionist Resistance positions.

in 1995, after a long journey, Mikhail von Heflin enters the Russian city of Khabarovsk, where an earthquake had destroyed a temple he had erected 5 centuries before. The reason for the temple’s existence was a door barring entrance to this world of a creature that the Baron had nearly died fighting; the door has, of course, been destroyed.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams woke late at night to find herself strapped down on a bed in a small room. In the room with her was what appeared to be a Smartnet terminal with a DNL interface, and a small man who peered at her with great interest. After she awoke, he said to her, “Your friend will join you once he recuperates,” and left the room. The rest of the night was spent in agonized waiting.


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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Bodies Found In Brentwood; Buonaparte Invades Russia

June 12th, 2005

in 1812, Italian Emperor Napoleon Buonaparte makes his worst military decision, and invades Russia. Although his campaign in the summer goes well, by the time he reaches Moscow it is the dead of winter, and his troops freeze in the Russian snow. He is forced to withdraw back to Rome and loses many good men along the way.

in 1862, the Human League takes credit for a series of bombings against Mlosh citizens of Britain. The Crown vows to catch them, but there are sympathetic elements in Scotland Yard that slow the investigation.

in 1958, Buddy Holly reunited with his old band, The Crickets, for a successful US tour. This reunion produced such hits as I'll Be Lovin' Her, Puerto Rican Mama, and their remake of I'll Be Seeing You.

in 1977, President Reagan enacted sweeping tax cuts, mostly aimed at the well-to-do, but with some at lower ends of the economic spectrum. They didn't prove to be the stimulus he expected, though, and the nation plunged into a deep recession.

in 1992, filmmaker Oliver Stone releases JBR, in which he attempts to give credence to People's Attorney Presley's arguments that Comrade President Rosenberg was killed by a conspiracy rather than a lone counter-revolutionary. The film is a huge success, prompting the Communist Party to call for its banning.

in 1994, the mutilated bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were found in Brentwood, California, at Ms. Simpson’s home. Suspicion fell briefly on Ms. Simpson’s former husband, football star O.J. Simpson, but the case wasn’t pursued by Los Angeles prosecutors, and remains unsolved to this day.

in 1995, the formal Church of Elvis, Christian, is founded in Memphis, Tennessee. The initial congregation numbers in the hundreds. They open their first service with a recording of How Great Thou Art sung by, of course, Elvis.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy go under the knife to have neural interfaces implanted in their heads, so that they can access the hidden portions of the Horus Project, part of the Smartnet that has been hidden from the general public. They have been told that it is a simple procedure, and will only require a short period of recuperation; but they don’t wake back up that day.


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Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Spread Of The Christmas Truce

June 11th, 2005

in 1509, King Henry VIII marries the woman who becomes his one true love, Catherine of Aragon, his brother’s widow. Henry’s love for Catherine was so intense that there was even some suspicion that he had arranged his brother Arthur’s death so that he could have Catherine. They were only separated by Henry’s death in 1547.

in 1861, Lyle Fitz-Warren and Brent Carpenter met in Fitz-Warren's London apartment to discuss Mlosh infiltration into British society. Both men had an intense fear and hatred of the alien race, and resented the warping effect they had had on human civilization. Together, they vowed to bring an end to the Mlosh presence, and created a charter for their group, which they named the Human League.

in 1863, Mikhail von Heflin, the Baron of Death, hears of the American Civil War in his native Bohemia. He is interested in the war because he has descendants in America, and this prompts him to begin thinking about leaving central Europe and traveling westward.

in 4561, Siamese troops arrived at Hanoi to reinforce the Chinese. The Viet inside Hanoi began building tunnels underneath the city to provide escape routes for all the non-combatants. The system of tunnels survives to this day, and is a popular Imperial tourist destination.

in 1915, British and German troops that have refused to fight each other since the Christmas truce are attacked on either side by reinforcements sent from their respective countries. This plan backfires as the reinforcements, realizing they are firing on their own countrymen, also go over to the pacifist side. By the end of June, all troops in Europe return to their countries of origin and begin toppling the governments. Royalty across the continent flees in panic.

in 1979, costume drama fixture Marion Morrison dies after battling cancer for the better part of a decade. Morrison, an Oscar winner for his role in Quo Vadis as Nero, left behind a legacy of almost 200 films, most of them period pieces, although there were a few westerns at the beginning of his career.

in 1982, a car engine that runs on water - by breaking it down into hydrogen and oxygen - is developed and marketed by EcoMotors. This company is part of President Carter's energy initiative, a massive government program designed to wean the US from foreign oil. By the end of President Mondale's second term, US oil consumption has dropped 75%.

in 2004, using false names and identification, Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy contact Dr. Phillip Grossman at the San Francisco Neurological Institute, a non-descript building in one of San Francisco’s tonier neighborhoods. After he is assured that they have the security clearance, he books them for the neural interface surgery the next morning.


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Friday, June 10, 2005

Something Happens

June 10th, 2005

in 1692, Bridget Bishop, a woman of somewhat loose morals in Salem, Massachusetts, is brought to the gallows to be hung for witchcraft. Before she could be executed, though, a huge storm whipped through the area, blinding the townsfolk; when it was over, Miss Bishop was gone.

in 1714, Black Annie, queen of the Caribbean pirates, beats a young man to death for making a pass at her, and flees to the ocean to escape the authorities. In her short but busy life as a pirate, she sinks almost 50 ships and her crew of all-women pirates becomes the most feared of all the pirate vessels.

in 1881, Count Leo Tolstoy of Russia comes to America to see how the Communists are reshaping the young country. Dressed as a regular working man, Tolstoy travels New England, the birthplace of Communism, gathering in the comradeship and energy of this vibrant new ideology. He even saw one of Karl Marx’s last public appearances. The experience changed him and deepened his support of Russia’s own peasantry when he returned to his native land.

in the Dreaming, the Dark Ones contact the people for the first time. Out among Anansi’s Web, the people have begun to feel that all is now peace in the heavens. The presence of the Dark Ones changes everything they know about the universe.

in 1910, the Mlosh home system erupts as the Q’Bar overthrow the military leaders who had been forcing them to relocate to the Kantar system in order to make peace with the Jovian Mlosh. The Jovians begin targeting civilian populations throughout the system, bringing cries of genocide from the Congress of Nations, which threatens to enter the conflict on the Q’Barian side if the Jovians don’t stop.

in 1953, newly-elected President Dwight Eisenhower capitulates to pressure from isolationist Republicans and, after negotiating a separate peace with North Korea, withdraws from the United Nations and from most of America’s international commitments. It leaves the door open for the Soviet Union to take its place as the world’s leader, and dooms the U.S. to the sidelines of history.

in 1964, Pete Best’s Lovin’ Through The Night single is released in preparation for the upcoming movie of the same name. It roars to the top of the charts as Bestmania is still growing in America.

in 2004, back at Berkeley, Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy attempt to get into the Smartnet node. Grzechy is able to charm a young computer science major, Andrea Westerfeld, into giving them her high-security pass into the main node room, where she works as an intern. After much coaxing, she also explains the DNL and WNI terms – they stand for direct neural link and wireless neural implant. She shows them the plug inserted into her own brain as proof. Adams and Grzechy decide that they will have to go through this procedure themselves.


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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Nero's Gambit

June 9th, 2005

in 821 AUC, Emperor Nero, having foiled a plot 4 years previously to burn Rome to the ground, tries to further consolidate his power with a plebiscite to remove power from the Senate and transfer it to either the Emperor or the Centuriate Assembly. Although it fails, it lays the groundwork for the later Republic’s power base among the regular Roman citizenry.

in 1856, hundreds of Mormons leave Iowa for Salt Lake City to join their leader, Brigham Young. They are carrying all their worldly goods in handcarts, often piled high, and the journey proves too much. None of the almost 500 pioneers makes it to Utah, and word of their demise kills the enthusiasm in the church, which fades out of existence after Young’s death.

in 1866, President Lincoln of the United States of America pulled all Union troops north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Jefferson Davis pulled Confederate troops south of that border, and the uneasy cold war of the 2 Americas began.

in 1910, unrest among the newly-transplanted Q’Bar in the Kantar system forces a reallocation of Jovian Mlosh warships to that system. The Jovians are now spread so thin that disaster is inevitable.

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in 1964, Comrade President Gus Hall received the Communist Party's full endorsement for reelection. Comrade Hall had taken over from former President Rosenberg when Rosenberg was assassinated in Dallas the year before.

in 1984, John Lennon, an obscure musician who had once been in a band with international sensation Pete Best, writes a tell-all book about Best, detailing their crazy life in Hamburg, Germany, and their rough-and-tumble beginnings in Liverpool, England. The book, I Want To Tell You, is an international best-seller.

in 2004, just after midnight, Jason Grzechy and Marjorie Adams meet with her ex-husband, Larry Morgan, at the Smartnet node in Berkeley’s computer science department. Unfortunately for the 2 hackers, Morgan has turned them in to the authorities, who are waiting to arrest them. The pair barely manage to escape from custody after being forced to jump from a moving car on the highway, and begin the long walk back to Berkeley. Adams is determined that she will get into that node.


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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Prophet Leaves Us

June 8th, 2005

in 10, the Prophet Muhammed dies in Medina. The faith he had begun in his sacred capitol has since spread across the world and has been recognized as the one true faith by all. Allah is wise.

in 1783, the Laki volcano in Iceland was contained by Mlosh technology as it erupted. The thousands of people near the volcano were profoundly grateful to the Mlosh, and from that point on, had a warm relationship with their alien neighbors.

in 12-12-19-8-0, Cochise, former chief of the Apache nomads, dies in captivity in Oueztec City. Chief Cochise had been captured in battle 2 years before and only Apache uprisings across the northern Oueztecan Empire had prevented his execution. His mistreatment at the Empire’s hands was known to have led to his death, and he remained an Apache rallying point for years after he was gone.

in 1880, Communist Party Chairman Chester A. Arthur is chosen as the party’s presidential candidate. Arthur goes on to win the general election, but loses the White House after one term.

in 1933, Thomas Edison’s company, Edison Electronics, is taken over by rival Pascal, LLC. Unable to beat the genius when he was alive, the French program company finally beats him after his death. Development on the hardware of the Eddies slows somewhat as the company begins to focus on the various uses a difference engine can be put to in a home or small business. This is often looked at as the real beginning of the DE revolution; this was when the Knowledge Railroad began to be built.

in 4642, the Ching-Tao telescope on the moon caught a signal from outside of our solar system and relayed it to earth. Interest in the Star Fleet program was instantly rekindled, and Emperor Dao-Ming opened his treasury to it. By the end of the decade, contact had been made between the Empire and the Chdo Democracy.

in 1973, football legend Johnny Unitas signed with the San Diego Chargers for what would be his final season. He led the team to the 1974 Super Bowl, winning in overtime against his old team, the Baltimore Colts, 20-17. The great sportsman was then able to retire as a winner.

in 2004, Marjorie Adams calls in a favor from her ex-husband Larry Morgan, who runs security at the Smartnet node in UC-Berkeley. She and Jason Grzechy need access to a Smartnet interface, as well as a DNL or WNI. Although she still has no idea what those are, she’s hoping to bluff Morgan if he does. He simply tells her to meet him in the Smartnet building after midnight.


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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Gandhi's Revolution; The Horus Project

June 7th, 2005

in Hellenic Year 3157, the Hellenic form of government known as demokracy extends to the first non-Hellenic city as the citizens of the Persian city of Sardis overthrow their nobles and hold their first governing council. When the Persian emperor sends an army to crush them, Greek soldiers come to their defense and reinforce the power of demokracy versus the power of monarchies.

in 1893, Indian revolutionary Mohandas K. Gandhi organizes a guerilla cell in South Africa to struggle against the government there. Fueled by his hatred of the British, and his successes in warfare in South Africa, Gandhi returned to his homeland and ignited violent rebellion there. His name was forever after linked with violent resistance to colonial government.

in 1954, the bestselling car of all time, the Edsel, is introduced in Detroit. The sleek lines of this American classic influenced art, architecture and even furniture design for decades.

in 1976, hot off the success of American Graffiti, director George Lucas begins work on a science fiction film that he has written himself, based on old film serials. Unfortunately for him, and everyone involved, the picture runs horribly over-budget and the studio barely advertises it at all. The name Star Wars becomes synonymous with movie failure from that point on.

in 1977, Dade County, Florida’s anti-discrimination law, which explicitly included homosexuals as a protected minority, narrowly escaped repeal in an initiative led by singer Anita Bryant. Enraged at this defeat, Ms. Bryant crusaded across the country in a successful effort to halt other so-called gay rights laws from being enacted.

in 1988, Senator Gary Hart of Colorado secures the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Much mud has been slung at the Senator, but the public doesn't seem to see anything bad about him. In the general election, with Texas senator Lloyd Benson at his side, he demolishes the unpopular Republican candidate, President Reagan’s Vice-President, Gerald Ford.

in 1997, a condom manufacturer delivers a small case of its product to the White House. The rest of Bill Clinton's second term is quietly uneventful.

in 2004, in a late night hacking session, Marjorie Adams and Jason Grzechy have finally broken into the Smartnet site, www.horus.gov. The home page of the site informs them that it is available in NI format, a term that confuses both of them. They click on the link and are told to insert their DNL cable or activate their WNI. They track back through the site and begin reading what seems to be a government program designed to improve group communications, but they are stymied in learning anything further by links requiring a DNL or WNI connection. They decide that a trip to another Smartnet node is necessary, and leave for San Francisco in the morning.


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