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SciFi Gnoetry | 1.1-1.4

May 6, 2011
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A day late, but here I am. I did most of the manual labor for this post yesterday & some more editing today. What follows is, I think, corollary to my last SciFi series, They & He, and I’m thinking We & They might be a good title. That is, the same general narrative informed my editing, but the product turned out to be distinctly different in flavor.

I have no idea how much more there will be to this one, if any; as of this moment, it feels more or less complete.

Enjoy!


  1.1

men refused, contemplated,
suppressed favour. any.
the Those where varying
knowledge antarctic tropical knows
Miskatonic, later consisted many
the These which down Georg.
waters behind the sun latitude
like the considerably
troubled the many.
battlements covered were
the Range like afternoon against
the Their,
while like Danforth images years
as great material fins
across on midnight
ships.

  1.1.1 Scott being experimental

ordinary continent advertiser
antarctic and a antarctic apparatus
Them through provision.
through course apparatus between intermediate
and rapid.
considerable apparatus securing significance
fortunately foretastes
the dreams
we with junction.
food temperatures thickest
heavy westward
before alarmingly geological notwithstanding thousands.

  1.2

as
all will
the short transmitters southern
and on any
but to and
Mary Knox in snowstorm cones,
we that plane
agreed one for men well fuel.

use spot blocks, Owing.
to that need
wirelessed would
without hours sandstone subterrene membership,
were met bones Tertiary
osseous rushed biting.

of the monosaur dinosaur
wing bird bones,
of the molluscs remote.

  1.2.1 continuity

when the speculation events
get transmitting the very
Comanchian times without indicated suspected cycles,
develop saurian inches
period tips to source
wholly important marks.

  1.2.2 Station: Sky

which potential gulfs
time, madness, half worlds,
mountain. now wave suggested
geometrical grotesque thinnish surmounting
and and and
unlike again, miles away
It uncensored,
wireless from missing the caused
soul. the What
need terrors unknown
nervous to find were
wide dogs machinery.
discovered Sherman.

of
the great
slate cube conjecture
or of crossing.

  1.3 machinery. deaths. years. chaos.

so spelled our Mary again.
straight stretches
further all stop drawing those monstrosities,
the mountain’s repugnance disarranged.
the Thing’s
laceration increasing,
strangely unbelievable clothing
slashed. It giving specimens inexpertly
unorthodox disappearance efforts
maltreatment burial.

just which
over the afternoon
horizon Gedney’s various
missing came.

  1.3.1 range left, regular plain

of beyond messages stated
start nearly
already and hidden,
probably do the tortured
surviving waste, unnamable. flight
necessary not
might conscious rarefied intense
sinister paintings, crave times
of order, the swept.
Those unnatural before fretted the
polar that upon stratums of ramparts
saved perhaps the down world.
boundless along the separated limited primordial
innumerable towers gigantic ground
largish closed Looking concentrations of palaeogean
lyeh.

  1.3.2 and in bed

world the plane.
tank the greater least of These
too what eminence things though endless
hazed far had
covered low numbers selecting
that to
pass. range obstacles this
and and and
chisel this principle opalescent roofless exertion.
Danforth took tops
necessarily
tangled and perished.
the great mountain omnipresent some
about dwelt place only.
come early, plunge another
where seemed responsible,
impressions placed
would have a geologic lair.
The preserved characterised shapes vaguely patterned
of sunk mature
life.

of portable sustained
differentiation,
of object
of others.

  1.3.3 “…”

were doubt, were evolution building,
quantity but green:
These.
sheets
in and a little below
the deepened
silent appalling place
which naive beings
this primitive vast
which pointedness builds.

then.

  1.4 epilogue

Specimens domestic traverse the galaxies
dream highly
and
finials ill the land.


Source texts: Lovecraft’s At the Mountands of Madness and Thoreau’s Walden
Generator: eDiastic
Seed texts:

Men say they know many things;
But lo! they have taken wings–
The arts and sciences,
And a thousand appliances;
The wind that blows
Is all that any body knows.
[from Walden]

When age fell upon the world, and wonder went out of the minds of men; when grey cities reared to smoky skies tall towers grim and ugly, in whose shadow none might dream of the sun or of spring’s flowering meads; when learning stripped earth of her mantle of beauty, and poets sang no more save of twisted phantoms seen with bleared and inward-looking eyes; when these things had come to pass, and childish hopes had gone away forever, there was a man who travelled out of life on a quest into the spaces whither the world’s dreams had fled.
[from Lovecraft’s Azathoth]

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2011 11:45 pm

    Disturbing. If you don’t plan to publish, we ought to put out a “Lovecraft Remix” chapbook.

    • Matthew permalink
      May 9, 2011 1:51 pm

      That would be excellent. Perhaps a third in this series is in order, to complete a trilogy? Let’s see, there’s “They & He” and “We & They”, so I suppose the third would almost have to be “We & He”. Or maybe just “They”.

      But I digress. I had not planned on publishing, so if you’re game, I am.

      • May 10, 2011 2:56 am

        > I had not planned on publishing, so
        > if you’re game, I am.

        OK! I’ll set up a doc and email the others in case they want to join in and don’t read comments.

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