Forgot to mention "virtual" food freaks me out. Is it *possible* that humans evolve in a sort of reverse psychosomatic way and come to accept the nothingness while *not* physically starving to death?? We are what we eat sure, but how about the power of mind over matter and all that? Over a long period of time I mean. I guess my question is, let's say that the virtual food experience proliferates in the future. What would be virtual food's "natural" progression seven-eight hundred years later? Would it come to be obsolete? Or would lifeforms accept it as "real" eventually? Does this question makes sense?Go to Comment
This is horrible, revolting, depressing and gross. And a really fun article to read! Some great lines like..."it's good for environment and "ok" for you"..."a mold is sprayed with cellulose resin..."....."printed food"...."tumors!!!!". It just gets worse and worse lol
The mycoproteins one is interesting. That stuff is available in Europe. Called Quorn. Could also be expanded into other meat analogues; soy, tempeh, gluten, and all that jazz. And in-vitro meat of course reminds of carcinoproteins.
Fascinated by that Versace strawberry! The only thing here I wouldn't mind trying. :)Go to Comment
It's one thing if the wielder is cowardly to begin with, like Xan was, but the beauty of the axe to me would be placing it in the hands of an already fearless, indomitable, celebrated warrior.
Suddenly, rumors begin spreading among his followers/soldiers. "Why is Cromrokk the Unconquerable Slayer whimpering again?"...
"Do we attack on the morrow, general?"
"Attack? Heavens no! That would be much too dangerous! And scary! We'd be slaughtered! Oh gods, I shudder at the thought!"
*Sigh* "Someone please find his blasted axe, before we're laughed off the battlefield!"Go to Comment
Oh Lordy. It's your world, can be whatever you say it is, and I see the impetus for this society based on your many CE posts, but...
This is not the future. Star Trek isn't an "example", it's one hollywood liberal's fantasy. The Native American analogy makes no sense.
Paint me a disgusting capitalist if you must, but no, this is not a natural evolution of the world economy.Go to Comment
Wow, this is long :)
Could easily have been broken down into several submissions. I'm not sure all these journal entries are necessary in this piece either. As a reader, I immediately guess where they are going. The tale itself is also rather straightforward but stretched out. It just seems like too many words are used to say, "Greedy guy forces Mage to summon sharks. Ma-O is attracted by the spectacle and magic. One shark is embued with demonic power. Shark becomes a terrible, sentient force that wants retribution and revenge against the two-legged ones that plunder the seas." Now I know that may sound like i'm taking a cheap shot--Anything long can be broken down into a quick synopsis--but Im not! I just think you could have told the same powerful tale with about 600-700 less words, if that makes any sense. As one small example, you don't need the sentence where you say, "a shark's teeth are meant to penetrate the blubber of sea mammals". We know :)
On the other hand, it seems you just gave up at the end with "Role-Playing Ideas" :) This is the part where so much more can be said! The Shark's ability to control the minds of humans needs be explored further! So many possibilities here!!
On to the good!
The concept is an awesome one. An Eco-Avenger from Hell on steroids! The story *is* engrossing, and I found myself transported to your visceral, watery world as usual! The shark itself is perfectly primal and terrifying. Love the fact that it affects the minds of humans. Love that a cult forms around it. The cult could be another sub! Love the creature's single-minded, relentless drive. Some great imagery and phrasing too!
Ok, this comment is now getting to long lol
Welcome back, Maggot! I do enjoy your aquatic madness!!Go to Comment
1. I just can't get this visual out of my head...the shark slowly cruising the murky bay at twilight. Fishermen, dock-workers, etc are going about their business. The shark begins to mentally dominate them...
2. The Cult! When they kill, they chop off arms at the elbows, to emulate shark-fin harvesting. They carve out livers and leave them nailed on walls for obvious reasons. They preach a "return to the sea" from where all creatures once came...Go to Comment
The title made me expect a listing of all kinds of different religious vestments, Kuseru-style which would have been fun (miter, etc)
But this is good too. I mean we've all seen variances of these robes before, but it's still a useful, useable, and straightforward, piece.
One nagging thought is--though they demand "faith" to function properly, that doesn't seem much of an impediment or mental obstacle to the "faithful"...in a world where gods are real. And once a wearer sees them work...one time.Go to Comment