Mar 15, 2015


Garage Band Parthney
Two years ago I imagined the Exode character Parthney as an action figure. Genetically, Parthney is half Asterothrope and half Ek'col, but due to the wonders of nanites inside of him, invisibly tiny machines that sculpt the form of his body, he looks like an ordinary Earthling.

time travel back to....1965: GI Joe
Fifty years ago I received a GI Joe action figure as a gift. I was rather dismayed by the anatomically incorrect Joe and frustrated by the near impossibility of getting his feet into the boots.

Growing up, I could not avoid the belief that Joe was a cheap knock-off of Barbie and girls who played with Barbie dolls had the better options both in the domain of intriguing secondary sex characteristics and diversity of accessories. I suspect that most guys preferred to be outside running around rather than trying to figure out how to make Joe's absurdly rigid plastic hands hold a gun.

2015: Spock
These days, 50 years later, there are more interesting action figure accessories such as Mr. Spock's tricorder, although I have to wonder if a three inch tall plastic Spock can compete with video games for the attention of today's children. I'd be interested to know if the Spock action figure (shown to the right) is more popular with boys or girls. Isaac Asimov had a theory about Spock and his ears and their roll in bringing more women into science fiction fandom than was possible in the days of the male-oriented pulp magazines.

God accessory: AK-47.
In the Exode Trilogy, humans are confronted by alien beings who have advanced technology that provides them with seemingly god-like powers. This blog post was inspired by my discovery of God (see the God Almighty action figure, to the left).

I've long wondered about the fascination of NRA members for automatic weapons. I guess I missed the chapter in the Bible that deals with God's AK-47.

In Star Dance (A.K.A. The Dancing Earth), Grean disguises her advanced technology behind a poorly constructed facade of magical powers. Grean is in the middle of the Time War, a protracted struggle between Gohrlay and her band of positroninc robots and the alien Huaoshy.

In Star Dance, Grean is trying to assemble a small cadre of telepaths with the goal of locating Gohrlay and bringing the Time War to an end. Along the way, Grean can't resist making use of Albert Einstein to speed up the rate scientific discovery on Earth with the goal of pushing Earthlings towards discovery of hierion physics.

The Einstein action figure (image to the right) apparently only has one accessory: a piece of chalk. With that wild hair, they should have talked Barbie into providing Einstein with a comb.

In Chapter 3 of Star Dance, I provide a fictional "solution" to the mystery of Einstein's daughter, Lieserl (who is also mentioned in this previous blog post). I imagine that a "magic trick" was performed by Interventionist agents on Earth in order to assure that Lieserl had strong telepathic powers. Her telepathic abilities cause Lieserl to have a miserable life on Earth as a little girl, but she was sent to the Galactic Core where she could lead a happy life and become the mother of Bet.

Model: Emma McDonald
Dance Magic
Raised by a ballet dancer who had been brought from Earth to Tar'tron just for the purpose of educating Lieserl, she became a great dancer and passed her love for dance on to her daughter, Bet. Grean, in her role as Hortensia, made use of Bet's dancing and telepathic skills to shape a new future for Earth, the Buld Reality, the world as we know it.

The Lieserl action figure.
For Star Dance, I imagine that the family of Lieserl's mother included a line of descent from both the Muslims of southern Serbia and some pagans of pre-Christian central Europe. Thus, Lieserl was an interesting genetic mixture, pulling together key gene combinations from several ethnic groups. Hortensia had to work hard to use the available genetic material on Earth and craft a powerful human telepath. Bet inherited her mother's talent for telepathy.
Image credits. To make the "Lieserl action figure" (shown to the right), I used two images of Emma McDonald from DeviantArt that are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. See: Mermaid and other poses 13 and Mermaid and other poses 4 by Cathleen Tarawhiti.

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