Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Cover for "Plague Babies" an Uncompleted Novel

We all know about writer's block, but what happens to all those books that are never written? They are stored in the Bibliotheque Ectoplasmique near the Catacombs under Paris. There they will moulder forever unless their would-be authors make a breakthrough. Thousands of unpublished manuscripts from children's lit to the trendy new section of unfinished graphic novels sit silently alongside unwritten masterpieces like "Plague Babies" which was started by several respected authors but never finished by any of them. Hours of operation are from 1:00 until 4:00 in the morning. If you go, don't look for your old unfinished novel, it's there and will break your heart.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Overlooked Alaska History: Collision with Western Canada

The land mass that forms the Alaska we know today used to lie just off the central coast of California. Dude! There, the balmy trade winds caressed the sun-kissed beaches and sparkling waters of the Great Land. Then, during the late Subcutaneous era, the entire shebang was wafted gently North by the Japanese Current, until it collided with the western edge of what we now realize is Canada, but at the time was thought to be Finland, or possibly one of the chillier regions of Spain. Fortunately, humanity had not evolved at that time, so nobody was hurt. We have been here ever since, but strangely, some maps insist we still float like Alcatraz off the California coast, forever superimposed on what should be a big blank spot.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Overlooked Alaska History: Ponce de Leon

Overlooked Alaska History: 1514, a terribly lost Ponce de Leon discovers that while Kenai Lake is no fountain of youth, it does have certain stimulating qualities.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Overlooked Alaska History: The Flat Top Spaceport

Overlooked Alaska History: Archaeologists and geologists have long marveled at the nearly perfectly level summit of Flat Top Mountain. Its startling contrast to the pointy peaks of the rest of the Chugach Range has led many to wonder "WTF, Flat Top?" Now an interdisciplinary team of crack academics from UAA thinks it has found the explanation. After an exhaustive study of the area they have concluded it was leveled in 1300 A.D. by a technology so advanced that it could only have been extra-terrestrial. Furthermore, artifacts recovered in an extensive dig reveal evidence of many different technologically advanced cultures mingled in the ruins of what appears to have been an active space port and trading center. Interestingly, there are many items from across the Arctic as well, indicating trade with Northern peoples was part of the attraction to our off-planet visitors. Mysteriously all activity seems to have halted abruptly in 1390, according to carbon dating of the site, which quickly deteriorated in the harsh environment. Such an distinct and drastic halt points to either a great cultural upheaval or a tragically short attention span, according to the team.