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Project Carve-the-Moon Proceeds Apace

March 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

Busy week.  Today I'm participating in a full day of meetings to discuss experiments at the world's largest laser facility

What does one do with the world's most powerful laser complex?  Well, I don't want to give away too much right now.  Early days, and all that.  Let's just say that when—not if—my plan comes to fruition, we won't be calling it the "moon" any longer...

The only problem I foresee is that the moon really isn't all that big from this far away, and my name isn't as short as it might be.   If I'm not careful, I might end up getting only two letters etched into the lunar regolith.  Which means we'd start calling it, "Ia."  As in "Ia, Ia, Cthulu Fhtagn!"

Not exactly the evil plan I had in mind.  I'm going for evil in the sense of ordinary human supervillainy.  Not supernatural mind-melting evil from beyond the stars. 

[Reminder:  There's still time to enter the Jonathan Strahan anthology giveaway.]


Chris Bachmann March 30, 2011 at 11:50 am
If we're going to sketch something on the moon, may as well be Cthulu. That way he rises every night.
Steve Halter March 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Good plan. Maybe a nice portrait would work better than a name? Actually, that looks like a really interesting research site. Any chance you could say which branch of it you're looking at? As a cover to your main plan, of course.
Steve Halter March 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn by the way.
Ian March 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm
I cannot argue with your logic, sir!
Ian March 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm
I'm just one teensy-teensy cog that is connected to a slightly less microscopic cog which is itself N levels of cog sizes away from where actual science happens. I'm just a guy who sits in meetings, or stares at a computer screen. But somewhere, out there, across this vast field of broken cogs, somebody is doing something with science. I'm not sure what, exactly, but they're doing the hell out of it.
Steve Halter March 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Have you read Charles Stross’ Atrocity Archives, by the way? There's a neat scene in there that pertains to the moon.
Ian March 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm
I have indeed! I love the Laundry books. I'd forgotten about the relevant moon scene there, but yeah, Atrocity Archives, all the way! And speaking of Nazis and the (a) moon, have you seen the trailers for Iron Sky? (I held off reading them until I had finished the first two books of my Milkweed series, for fear that I might be influenced by the profusion of ideas that Stross puts on every page. But I found that "occult spy agency" doesn't really do either of our series justice. And nobody but nobody can write like him. So now that I've read -- well, devoured -- the Laundry books I know they're about as different as could be.)
Steve Halter March 31, 2011 at 8:52 am
I had not seen that trailer. Thanks for pointing it out. That looks promising. Yeah, the Laundry books are great fun. The bureaucracy is all to terrifying in its closeness to reality (and pretty fun therefore).
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