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06 February 2019 @ 07:04 am
Possible _Exzy_ addition  


Senior Inspector Jim Kelso eyed the ragged unkempt back yard. The techs were sweeping the area, and Martha was hobnobbing with the tarts. “Just a big circle of desert, and two people looking through it?”

“Yes.” Dr. Todd looked mildly amused. “Then the young woman who was sitting cross-legged on the ground stood up and jumped through. Exzy said she was his sister and he had to go back home now, and jumped through with the woman following him. She was carrying on about little brothers.”

Jim looked at the other two men and the middle-aged woman. “You told people he was you grandson?”

She fluffed her hair a bit. “I hadn’t dyed my hair then, it was pretty gray. I know we ought to have called the police, but the way the boy fell out of nowhere, well, there was obviously somethin’ odd goin’ on.”

“And we’re right, aren’t we?” Grissom, the snake-oil salesman, eyed him. “You knew just what to look for.”

Jim shrugged. “Gates like that have a magnetic pulse when they open or close. While they’re open, they’re really hard to find. But some specially designed satellites can detect the opening and closing, and pinpoint the location. So I have another team out scouring the ground of your alley.”

He eyed the four of them. “We’re looking for anything your visitor left behind.”

They exchanged wary looks, then the guy with thinning hair snickered. “He fixed the glass in the house—but you can’t have it, unless you replace it.”

They took him inside to show him. Previously shattered glass that looked like it was welded together. At least the house was clean, and they’d been painting the exterior when the team rolled up.

“So . . . all you former winos, drug addicts and prostitutes suddenly cleaned up and banded together to get a roof over your heads. Got any of that magic wine left?”

More looks exchanged.

They all look quite ordinary, probably no genetically engineered ancestors, unlike the dead druggie. Or me.

Ruby Meyers, who according to her ID was fifty-five and looked ten years younger shook her head. “We drunk it all. Worse the luck.”


Her eyes narrowed. “So, how often does this happen?”

“About once a year.” Jim shrugged. “We had great hopes of actually being on time to find someone this time. If this kid comes back, give him my card and tell him that our authorities would like to talk to his authorities.” He handed out cards profligately.

I ought to be jumping all over the snake-oil salesman, but since that wine has proven to be a cure-all and anti-addictive, we’re not really going to carry on about the aphrodisiac properties. What we’d really like is to talk to . . . damn near anyone.

Except, perhaps the Animal Gang.

And . . . an eight year old boy? Running around having adventures in parallel worlds?

It just keeps getting weirder.

(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2019 01:38 pm (UTC)
You know, at this rate, "The non-Hostile Dimensional Travelers" (i.e. anyone who isn't Bundiss, Rior, Jade, or Terri) are going to end up with a reputation for considering illness & addiction anathema, 'cos even their criminals(/Eldon) & kids just hand out curatives casually as pretty much the first thing they do everywhere...

Medical & Pharmaceutical lobbies everywhen are going to really hate Disco by the time they actually make contact.
(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2019 02:44 pm (UTC)
Fun addition, however Disco has been spying on that world for well over eight years, why have they not been openly contacted? Is it the Genie prejudice?
matapampamuphoff on February 6th, 2019 05:21 pm (UTC)
They don't want to actually have to say "Oh, by-the-way, those weapons Eldon walked off with? They can destroy entire worlds, no not kidding." They don't want to arouse too much interest either there _or_ from other worlds.

Q pops in to make sure the dino gate is under control, and that no one's building any more world busters. They are debating the wisdom of not contacting a non-dimensionally able civ that has produced those weapons.
(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2019 07:17 pm (UTC)
If this is Strangers Earth, and Jim Kelso was genetically engineered, I think the current year of 2032 mentioned in part 3 is probably off, unless they developed genetic engineering a lot earlier in this World.

matapampamuphoff on February 6th, 2019 07:51 pm (UTC)
Good catch. I'll check the date in Lodge.
matapampamuphoff on February 6th, 2019 08:48 pm (UTC)
Urg! Which ought to be about sixty years later than I have it dated,to be consistent with the timing of the creation of the Tellies, even if it's slightly different Tellies.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on February 6th, 2019 08:04 pm (UTC)
No indication that Jim Kelso (On the Run, "Lodge in the Mountains") is from Strangers Earth (Strangers Earth play baseball and are represented on Embassy).
matapampamuphoff on February 6th, 2019 09:00 pm (UTC)
Right, Jim Kelso was the Head FBI guy hunting down the Animal Head Bank Robbers in _Lodge in the Mountains_. Whole different World than _Castles of Air_.

Jim's grandfather was "Percival Delta" so born/created ~2090. So the dates in LitM ought to be around 2175, for Percy to have a 45 year old grandson.

Also internally inconsistency is the New Delhi mess, that in this world must have not ignited for another 20 years, so if I want to play around in that world, I'd have another 20 years of the Russian supersoldiers causing problems around the Russian sphere of influence, should I desire to toss in complications.
Brice Tawzer on February 7th, 2019 12:17 am (UTC)
It's not unusual to lose track of details like that. I'd suggest a fan made database to help curate the details (Like the way Pottermore has done for the Harry Potter universe.) Fans have a vested interest to immerse themselves into the work, since it's another way to contribute to their passion.

It would be a good idea to have yourself as the owner of the database to prevent anyone else getting the idea to publish an encyclopedia of the universe (or in your case, multiverse).

Pottermore is why I mentioned this. The owner got that stupid idea to publish an encyclopedia and Rowling had to sue him to prevent publishment because she sees it as rearranged concepts of her intellectual property.

It would be interesting to see the number of discovered multiverses, timelines and known characters and their alters.

Edited at 2019-02-07 12:20 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2019 06:37 pm (UTC)
really like is to talk to ... damn near anyone ... it just keeps getting weirder
Oooo, this is great. Maybe in a dozen more books you can circle back to this plot.

(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2019 10:58 pm (UTC)
What about One World? Have they agreed not to contact? Ajha and Fiend were there.
matapampamuphoff on February 7th, 2019 02:09 am (UTC)
They were doing population studies in a large number of close splits. They had no interest in contacting that particular world, and I am not sure if they realize Eldon drove off with a bunch of dangerous weapons.
muirecanmuirecan on February 7th, 2019 05:21 am (UTC)
oh this is a cool ending. I like it a lot.