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New Page at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

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A new page has been published in the story Fenwick’s Improved Venomous Worms, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
New Page at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story Fenwick’s Improved Venomous Worms, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
The Asynchronous Bombastitron and other devices

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The Asynchronous Bombastitron

In a few illustrations for my fifth Retropolis Registry of Patents story I need to show a large number of devices in the vault where the Registry stores models and prototypes for patented inventions. So I’ve been working on a collection of these devices. You can see three of them here.

There’s no better place to begin than with the Asynchronous Bombastitron (above). This is pretty clearly an amended design, since in a prototype you wouldn’t see the warning notices.

Also, we should note that the Asynchronous Bombastitron features the hand-driven wheel preferred by skilled operators. In this it differs from the Synchronous Bombastitron – a favorite of amateurs and beginners – because it’s only with a hand-turned wheel that the experienced operator can exercise a nuanced, subtle control over the subject’s rotation.

The stepper motor of the Synchronous Bombastitron does make the device’s operation much simpler. Melodious Subsonic PlasmatronBut – as in most things – familiarity with the task leads one to try for those small, portentous flourishes that are only possible with the asynchronous version of the machine.

To the right we see the Melodious Subsonic Plasmatron, a machine whose function is entirely obvious from its name. We needn’t explain it here.

The third of these devices is so peculiar that I’m still trying to figure out what it does. You can’t discount the possibilty that it doesn’t do anything (except to be interesting) but if that’s the case I don’t see why it was necessary to patent it. It seems to act on a large scale, but that’s about all I can be sure of.

This is far more information than you’ll find when Ben Bowman in the Vault of Terror begins, in November, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual. By the time we encounter these machines there will be too much going on for any kind of explanation beyond “Let’s hope they don’t power up the Bombastitron.”

But it’s an election year. That hope’s certain to be smashed flatter than Subsonic Plasma.

Unknown Device from Retropolis
 
 
New Page at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story Fenwick’s Improved Venomous Worms, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Through September 21st, get free standard shipping on all my T-shirts

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Free Shipping On T-Shirts

Early as it is, I find myself looking out the window for signs of Autumn. The ornithopters are hanging out on the roofs and trees… and, anyway, ornithopters are mechanical. Any time you see them flying South for the winter you can be pretty sure that they’re just messing with you.

They do like their little jokes.

On the other hand, I always look forward with dread to the last T-shirt sale of the season. Is this it? I don’t know. But it could be.

Embrace the pessimism! Get right over to Retropolis or The Celtic Art Works (or even the Pulp-O-Mizer) and fill your shopping cart with T-shirts in time to enjoy free standard shipping on one* two or one hundred of them**.

The free shipping sale runs through September 21st. All you have to do is enter the coupon code SUNSET16 during your checkout and then sit by the window, watching the deceptive ornithopters, and wait for the postperson to come.


*Well, apparently they changed their minds. It’s now free standard shipping on orders of $30 or more.


** One hundred T-shirts is the recommended daily allowance.

 
 
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