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Helios menaced by Lord Yajur with Miracle Memory in background
Advisement for final, full-length, prose entry in the epic 'Launch 1980' fantasy trilogy; prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014; artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978
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Helios on the Moon
Figures by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014
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6. Helios on the Moon: "Moon Angel"
On the side of angels? Pointing toward? The latter says to the former? On the non-lunar surface of it, doesn't this chapter have more to do with Centauri Island than it does Moon? And, guess who's our chapter's titular character?
Okay, not that there should have been any bout a-doubt it, the Female Entity is a three-thing; somehow or other a tripartite fusion of Mnemosyne D'Angelo, Weir's original Mother Machine, and (you might as well know) Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, who's currently going by the name of Freespirit Nihila over in Gambit and also made a brief appearance in War. Glad that's all cleared up then!
So, what's her connection to the three former Strifes we encounter this time uP? Is she their mother too (unless it's three)? Answer's no, -- but our Moon Angel is trying to get them onside, if not with angels then with the Trigregos Sisters. As for our three former Strifes, Aranyani Nightingale, Ramona nee Avar(?) Ryne, and Crystallion, you will have to refer to Island if you want to find out what happens to them.
About this time in our usual synoptic proceedings, it's been my practice to provide a BLOCKQUOTE in hopes of enticing you to read the chapter in its entirety. Won't disappoint you. And, since it's her chapter, I'll even quote Moon's Angel!
7. Helios on the Moon: "Starrus on the Liberty"
Funnily enough, despite what I wrote above, I'm beginning to like these short chapters. When last we heard from Lord Yajur, the Unity of Order, he was having a tete-a-tete, star-to-star, with Uncle Moloch. We don't get to listen in on their debate but it lasts a couple of days. Gets quite Red Giant heated, we're given to understand, and ends with, -- well, as usual, the title pretty much gives it all away.
The UNES Liberty's our concentration this time around. Lots of stuff on its captain, James Aremar, and his relationship to Loxus Ryne, various of Ryne's sets of twins by various of the Great Man's ex-wives (Is Aremar one, by a non-wife, and, if so, who's his twin?), the Secret War of Supranormals, Satan St Synne's devil-ray, and Strife's Miracle Key, all of which you may or may not give a toss about. Might like this though.
Other than dropping indefinite hints as to Aremar's parentage, what EIGHTH-Moon definitely does is confirm the link between the Psychic Siblings, Doubleman Sean Smythe and the other Doubleman, Johann Schmidt, from over in Island. Seems they started existence as Leandro D'Angelo, who became the supranormal code-named Amoebaman. Seems also that, once he/they were devil-rayed by their maternal grandfather, Sedon-then-Satan St Synne back in 1943, they acquired a devil.
And that's why what OMP, Old Man Power, is doing at the end of most of these chapters has to do with Helios on the Moon. Is also why the Thanatoids of Lathakra aren't so much antagonists, in the usual sense of the word, as on the side of angels; that is to say the Family D'Angelo.
As for what our overall titular character, that fellow on the Moon, has been doing, -- that's why, eight chapters in, Moon's still just getting started!
8. Helios on the Moon: "Pandora's Gift"
So you'd think that with such a big flourish of an ending to SEVENTH-Moon (unless it was EIGHTH and this is NINTH, which is what its title claims it to be), we'd finally get a chance to see the Man on the Moon show us what he's made of, -- other than flesh and blood, that is. And we will, though not this time up. Won't have to wait much longer, I can promise you that.
Main purpose of this chapter is to get us up to speed with a few of our other sub-plots. It's now Thursday December 4, 1980 on the Outer Earth; Sapienda Tantalar 4, 5980 on the Inner Earth. Off Centauri Island, the little trickster, Hush Mannering, Young Life, the Pandora of our title, has just sprung Demios Sarpedon. They're on their way back to the Island, leaving Magnifico more than just a wee mite miffed on WORLD's Trawler.
Like Lady Guillotine (the Countess Ramona Avar), Magnifico's sister, Aranyani Nightingale, has just returned from her close encounter with Moon's Angel, that is to say Machine Memory. Crystallion, the transformed Crystal St Synne, will have returned from the same place not all that much earlier. Which of course also means the technopomp has had plenty of time to cook up any number of nasty surprises for her two fellow, former Strifes. And she does!
After spending some time with the two fifty or damn near fifty year old Ryne brats (Aran's the only one of the patriarch's children not born in a set of two, which should give you some idea of her actual paternity), we follow Hush and Demios to the Island itself. Where they have a close encounter of their own. With Centauri's Untouchables, who are finally revealed (not that there's been any doubt about in Moon) as devas possessing specially designed homunculi.
Fact is this chapter's got even more information on Young Life, Multivoids, and homonculi than THIRD-Moon (unless it was FOURTH). Same holds true for Cromwell Necator and his Valhallans. Only you may not have realized they were also Glomen. Do now though!
Have to admit that when I first wrote this, the fourth and last book comprising the Launch Tetralogy, I didn't envision it being published out here in Cyberia. (Didn't envision a Worldwide Web, truth told.) I rather fancied it would be published, in print form, after the other three came out and that dear, devoted readers like you would be able to readily refer back to 'The War of the Apocalyptics', 'The Trigregos Gambit', and 'Centauri Island' when the need struck.
Didn't work out that way, -- at least not yet, I'm sorry to say --, so you'll have to rely on their synopses to bring you up to speed for now. Be assured, nothing's changed. Not even minutely. What many of these non-Helios-featured chapters of Moon are doing is filling in blanks left by War, Gambit, and Island. For example, until 'Pandora's Gift' came along, could you say for certain Alpha Centauri had an homonculus of his own? Likely not!
By the way, Pandora's gift is Hope, one of the Seven Virtues (as opposed to Seven Sinistrals of Satanwyck). And, as for how it ends, since I've already done that, I won't repeat it. Will repeat its title though, "Magnifico Munched" (one of my favourite chapter titles ever) and leave you with this instead:
9. Helios on the Moon: "Yajur on the Moon"
After a one chapter diversion to get us up to speed with a few of our other sub-plots, it's back to the Man on the Moon. And not just the man, Heliosophos, or his woman, the Mnemosyne Machine, or even our chapter-titular character, Lord Order. We find out what happened to Ned Johnson and his Lunar Assault Crew as well as what's happening to Nidaba Starrus and her five fellow cosmicompanions from Cosmicar One, -- at least I think it's Cosmicar One.
One of the big problems with writing PHANTACEA, be it for the Web, the Comic Books, or just for pleasure on the weekends, is trying to maintain consistency. That doesn't mean I can't be mischievous. However, there are times when I come across stuff I'd written years ago that, in Nixonian terms, may no longer be operable. (Even in its present book form, Moon was written years ago; somewhere around 1980, to be precise. The 1992 on the chapter's front page only indicates when it was last revised; last revised before this latest revision, that is.)
Consider this, for me as a writer, rather dangerously bold statement that occurs early on this chapter as a for-example.
Isn't so, is it? Heliosophos is Anti-Patriarch Cain, isn't he? Certainly that's the impression I give in both PHANTACEA: Forever and Forty Days, still available, and the web-serial, Helioddity, that I started publishing out here in Cyberia quite some time ago, but stopped after only putting up the first two chapters.
So, how am I going to get around this? Change it? Not chance. Be mischievous and claim Helios figures he wasn't Cain? Not a bad idea. Re-route my thinking and go back to my original concept, namely that in his first lifetime he was indeed Kadmon Heliopolis? Or simply leave it as it and hope no one notices the discrepancy?
Guess what? Answer's none of the above. I mean, everyone knows the father sires the son and that the child fathers the man. So, given the convoluted, time-tumbling lives His and Her Stories lead throughout The PHANTACEA Mythos, I'll simply suggest that there's no reason the child (Cain) couldn't have sired the father (Alorus Ptah, the Biblical Adam). After all, as Helios complains toward the end of this chapter, Machine Memory doesn't tell him everything that happened to him before he got killed in an earlier lifetime.
Whew! Glad that's settled then.
In comic book terms we're up to pH-3. Action aspects of this chapter are as they appeared back in '79. So's some of the dialogue. End result's the same too. What is new is a whole bunch of additional yap, mostly between Helios and Moon's Angel. It's one of those tell-all chapters that I occasionally write, so I'll probably keep it up long after Moon's run its course.
Want some highlights? Well, May 2000 has come and gone by the time I write this, so Memory was obviously somewhat off-base when she implied there could be another Great Flood come May 2000. There are those who may object to Helios' characterization of God. There are also those who might object to the way he cheats Yajur during their confrontation. He of course has an answer to that; one that will, undoubtedly, come back to haunt him. However, since it's reprinted elsewhere, I won't repeat it here.
Will leave you instead with what Heliosophos tells those on the Liberty as to his motivation for bombarding them, not to mention everyone on the Whole Earth below them, with thought-altering mindbeams.
Pretty impassioned speech for a madman, I trust you agree.
10. Helios on the Moon: "Psychic Siblings"
Time for another breather from what's going on upstairs. While a breather it may be in that respect, it's an accelerator in every other respect downstairs; that is to say on the Whole Earth. Not only do we cover three days right rapidly, we go from Houston Texas to Centauri Island to Vancouver to beneath Cathonia and all the way up north to Sisert, the Head's cranium. In terms of continuity, we touch upon but mostly skirt by events covered in much more detail in Island, Chapters 9 to the start of 14, War, Chapters 7-10, and some of Gambit's Chapter 7.
It is unlikely many, if any, of these chapters are still up, out here in Cyberia, but the blue point-and-click markers provided above should take you to their synopses, which definitely are still up. The titular Psychic Siblings are, of course, Johann Schmidt and Sean Smythe. There's a third one now, more of a nephew than a sibling actually, and he's, -- well, let's just say he might be a latter-day Amoeba Prime.
The upshoot of all this is that Centauri Island is about to come under attack, -- from WORLD, Sharkczar, Crystallion and her Hell's Horsemen, yes, but also from Schmidt's hastily gathered together Intervention Team, from the Seventeen Signallers by end-chapter on their way there from Vancouver, and maybe even from the American Military as well. About the only ones capable of defending it are a bunch of Albino-Valhallan-Glomen, who'll blow themselves up if they're taken alive (even if they already are dead) and by the Fatman's Untouchables. Devils all!
So, as usual when I run these non-Moon chapters I can hear wailing: "What's all this to do with Helios on the Moon?" Glad you wailed.
Now who do suppose could have set such fine upstanding young bucks as the American Marines and Sailors defending Pearl Harbour against their own base? You're right. It is a dumb question.
Helios on the Moon: Chapters 1-5
Helios on the Moon: Chapters 6-10
Helios on the Moon: Chapters 11-16
Helios on the Moon: Chapters 17-21
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