Sunday, August 21, 2011

Roll Calls for 7.28.2011-8.11.2011

Thursday Tales 7.28.2011

City of Walls: Chapter 10, Archnemesis_Goldenhair
This episode focuses on Tara's attempted muggers, the modrpunks. The plague continues to ravage the City's lower orders, and Bruce's condition worsens due to corrupted nannites. Believing an illegal A.I. was protecting Tara's encrypted file, Carl describes to Genie the vision of a mesopotamian-style cherubim - guardians of sacred precincts. A "Mr Smith" is mentioned as a contact, but the modrpunks think he will not help. Genie is ready to abandon Bruce, as taking him to hospital will only cause more trouble for all three of them.
- Quango-Baud

They DO Exist, Moxie6
Everyone loves Oompa Loompas. Hush, you love them and you know it. They had orange skin before Jersey Shore made it a thing, an unbeatable work ethic... And they might not be as fictitious as you think. Moxie6 has some photographic evidence you need to see to believe.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

Bridge Builder, Chapter 53: Allies, Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
Alex is troubled by the execution of his attacker, regretting any loss of life. At the induction party, matronly Zsehn assures Alex that his misfortune of being stabbed probably saved several people close to the Royal Family. The House of Sorenson now established amongst the Tslao, Alex is bemused by Neya assuming Carbon's role; she even takes his arm. Carbon awaits Alex in their Tslao-homestyle quarters; she worries Alex is wary of the marriage foisted upon them by her aunt - the Empress, but Alex assures Carbon that his commitment is heartfelt.
- Quango-Baud

In My Mind... (Chapter 11), theTummy
Evan's new life is full of unexpected pains, a body that doesn't feel quite like his own, and surprisingly nice quarters (even if there aren't any windows). What he wants is answers. What he gets is a schedule and a warning.

Harlequinade, WinnieTheWoot
Every night the desk clerk at the hotel watches the clockwork harlequin and ballerina dance. It might be beautiful if it ended there. But the dance is always interrupted and the ballerina always lies hurt on the floor before she disappears again. This is a tale full of atmosphere and great suspense and hopefully is only the beginning of the story.

Saturday Short Stories 7.30.2011

Hollow World Book 2 Chapter 11, Myseri
Graham has found a pleasure that gives a spark to his dark soul. Burning churches. Still the leader of an army, especially an army at war, has many responsibilities. Once the fun is over he has to consider the problem of troop discipline. But how do you discipline a soldier if you already control her mind?

The Puppethead War Issue 11: Concerned Visitor, now4the_post
Talon, Verden and the rest of the crew have finally reached the capitol city, Carpol. It'll be no problem getting an audience with the Overarchy with a dire warning about the return of body-swapping puppetheads to deliver. It wouldn't be if someone thought that they were important, anyway. At least Verden is expected and warmly met by other Keepers, already preparing for what the puppethead return might herald.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

Thursday Tales 8.4.2011

Welcome to the Ninerverse, Archnemesis_Goldenhair
You'll find all sorts of people in the Nines. Some of them are sure to be nobodies who just want to be somebody, even if it's just in a detailed virtual reality bar. Some of them might be a bit more notorious and just looking for a place to unwind. Take a guess at which group The Scarlet Slash at her crew fit into.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

Caught at the Nines, now4the_post
A detective investigates a crime in "real-life" but hunts suspects in a virtual world - the shared space of io9 contributors. Public detective Norian Osthorpe tracks Roody569 to a chatroom bar where the architecture is as improbable as the user-avatars. All the data and deduction points to Roody569 but it seems that even the dodgiest of characters can be the victim of identify theft.
- Quango-Baud

Bridge Builder, chapter 54: Rituals, Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
The alien wedding involved mind invasion and peircing and was followed by an assination attempt. Alex is hoping the consummation is something a little more traditional.

"In My Mind..." Chapter 12, theTummy
Loss of cognitive function is expected after an extended period of coma, but Evan is still able to recognize that a visitor has an attractive shape. Talkative Mouse mentions "down-time", ops and survival. She says she sensed a "Void" believing that Evan was a "Sink", but - now having met him - she describes him as having great, hidden power. Evan's sense of alienation is enforced by the mysterious nature of the Association; the organization that has taken him in.
- Quango-Baud

Murder On Deck 36 - Chapter Two, Zuldim
Ryan's captain has his own theories about the murder and the motives and declares the case closed. But when a late night visitor warns Ryan off the case too it only makes him more determined to solve the mystery.

Saturday Short Stories 8.6.2011

Hollow World Book 2 Chapter 12, Myseri
For the survivors, life goes on in every way. Kyle is still a growing boy and everyone is wearing down their clothes, slowly but surely. Aubrey has a solution - a nearby town that appears to be deserted. Whether the people who lived there died in the catastrophe or just moved on afterwards, there's likely to be plenty of abandoned clothing, maybe even other supplies... that is, of course, if it's actually been abandoned.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

You're doing it!, Noise
There’s no room for argument with General Henderson, especially when he’s your uncle. Marcus grudgingly submits to an advanced surgical procedure for an intel gathering mission in Noise’s first foray into the Ninerverse.
- Bismod

The Puppethead War Issue 12: One Untangle, Two Untangle..., now4the_post
The strands of the Puppethead War are threading together. In the village of Yerz, a decisive moment happens with Daiv amongst the Puppetheads. In the city of Carpol, Talon's group argue but make progress in meeting the authorities. Nairé talks with Irena about her heritage. And, Ogard is reunited with Leyh having survived an ambush. Yet, other undeclared forces are on the move.
- Quango-Baud

Thursday Tales 8.11.2011

Cloud Nine, Archnemesis_Goldenhair
In this tale of the ninerverse we encounter a crew on a mission. Well, two missions. One calls for some improvisation when the target is nowhere to be found and the other calls for a little finesse. Extracting data from a would-be assassin is a tricky business, even in the cyber world.

The Test, bjeffreyvidt
In a royal palace, in another time, in another place, knight-in-training Tydus recounts to Madam Sarai a story of failed courage; Tydus is further shamed by the truth behind his moment of weakness. Later, Master Gaemon tries to meditate in the courtyard but is interrupted by noise from a royal chamber; he charges to his duty, blaming himself for his spiritual self-indulgence.
- Quango-Baud

Four Ridiculous TV Crossover Ideas, Moxie6
Are people in TV shows merely characters? Or is there a deeper truth beyond that which we see? Is there really an actress called Whoopi Goldberg? Or, is she actually Guinan of El-Auria? Moxie6 brings to our attention the interconnectedness of all things, but especially between TV show characters.
- Quango-Baud

Bridge Builder, Chapter 55: Preparation, Shini: R.O.A.C.H.
After the wedding night, with its very unexpected Tslao custom, Alex is awoken when Neya visits. She and Carbon chat away privately, leaving Alex in the dark as he contemplates the complicated, and probably very awkward, effects their royal marriage will have.
- Bismod

In My Mind..." Chapter 13, theTummy
Evan is adjusting to his new life in the Association, starting to understand how his life is going to be now with the help of Mouse's tutelage. Technology has changed quite a bit and he's got a busy day ahead of him... At least he's meeting people who are friendly now.
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

Welcome to Modernity, John Wiswell
John Wiswell is a master at meta fiction and this story is no exception. Some people are heroes, some are villains. Some people are just stuck in the background...
- Shini: R.O.A.C.H.

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