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May 19th, 2007

In the beginning... @ 05:12 pm

godfish:
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So, I've created this community now.  That's Step 1.

Step 3 - PROFIT!

Step 2, you ask?  Well, that's where I fill in the big blank space that stands between my ambition to complete this project and its completion.  My idea here is to create a fully historically consistent world in which to set any number of stories and genres.  You see, I want to create a version of our own history and prehistory skewed in much the same way as the classic shared worlds of my favorite comics (like the Marvel Universe where Spider-Man wisecracks his way through Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers; or the DC Universe where Batman is forced to deal with the annoyingly trite comments of the Blue Beetle). 

The new step I want to make, as noted above, is to be historically consistent.  In both DC and Marvel's respective shared worlds, consistency is an afterthought at best; I want to make it a central point in the creative process.  How does a prehistory reminiscent of the Hyborian Age affect the lives of 1920s-30s Mystery Men?  And what would be the effect of an alien invasion during the Victorian Age and what would happen if such an invasion was forced to deal with the likes of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?  And even if the aliens were defeated, what then?  I view this process as something like creating a classical mosaic, utilizing small bits of differing colors (and sometimes textures) to create something greater than the sum of its parts, thus the project's title. I hope to begin substantive posts soon.
 
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From:deanjay
Date:May 20th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)

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If you use Atlantis, include an explanation of why no geological or geographical trace of it can be discovered using nonsuper science. It would be an interesting source of sleek crystal-powered arcane psionic technology artifacts. You know, the kind that can accidentally transfer your mind into an ancient mecha made of alchemical alloys. The prehistory stuff could be the ultimate source of superpowers in later history.
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From:godfish
Date:May 21st, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)

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Atlantis? What, no mention of Lemuria, Mu, Great Zimbabwe, or Ultima Thule? I am disappointed in you, sir!

Actually that sounds like a possible tie-in. You know my personal penchant for weird notions of protohistory and ahistorical prognostications. My only concern would be that unless I spin it just right, I could consistentize (new word, TM) myself out of a lot of interesting stories and genres. But it is definitely something to explore as we mush our way into this.
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From:deanjay
Date:May 22nd, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)

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I'm just sayin', IF you use Atlantis, do it right. I say no to Lemuria, an entirely theoretical continent. Mu is fractionally acceptable, Ultima Thule okay, and Kush is fair game, as are Agartha and Shamballah.
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From:godfish
Date:May 24th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)

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That's more like it. ;-)
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From:deanjay
Date:May 26th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Bless your shiny metal head!

OK, if you take legends as truth, super powers seem to come in waves: ancient gods and heroes, shining magical knights and monsters in the Middle Ages, the current surge that really started picking up in the 1930s (entering comic book 'history'). Is some aperiodic mechanism or phenomenon responsible? Do powers disappear in the quiet periods or just become rare...or just go underground?
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From:godfish
Date:May 27th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)

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I think this deserves its own thread, as it is a pretty central concern...I'll start one...

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