Y3. The Final Form

“Our region of twisted space-time has reached a particularly interesting scale of size and velocity.”

“Spit it out, Professor.”

“We’ve crossed a threshold,” said Akayama. “We expended energy accelerating space-time to make the Wheel, but now the Wheel is producing energy.”

“Nice!” Lucille watched the Enemy Hurricane crawl through space on its scorpion pincers. “We can use spare energy.”

“Already done,” said Akayama. “I’m converting it directly into mass.”

S Commentary: Inari, the Fox, and the Jewel

I try to mix and match so many mythologies that my writing isn’t so much cultural appropriation as cultural appreciation. Still, with the surreal imagery I’m pumping in, I occasionally reference stuff I didn’t even know about.

I didn’t make Akayama reflect Inari on purpose, but Akayama also reflects Quetzalcoatl (she’s a feathered serpent who sets herself on fire) and she creates Sheridan, Akayama DanJay’s Garden of Eden, so I think I’ve spread my religious influences thin enough to get away with it.

O2 commentary: Adam, Eve, and Quetzalcoatl

Nemo’s a pretty good dad considering he’s only a day old: he immediately teaches his children his own name, their own names, and how to eat apples and peel oranges. He even investigates a dangerous invader to keep his children safe—it’s a disembodied arm with two elbows, a mouth, and an eye, and it crawls along the ground like a snake.

In my commentary to M1. The Fall I promised comparisons to Milton’s Paradise Lost, the epic poem about how Satan made a cannon to kill God. The islands Akayama builds become Sheridan, a twist on the Garden of Eden.

M1 Commentary: Paradise Lost

Surprise! In M1. The Fall Jay’s centipede-induced hallucinations open with a new episode of LuLu’s Space-Time Acceleration, the show-within-a-story about anime robots fighting a cosmic horror. Professor Akayama apparently survived the destruction of her spaceship and landed on the Hurricane Planet.

I mentioned way back in the day that I saw some possible links to Milton’s Paradise Lost in Akayama DanJay. Akayama DanJay already draws from Dante’s Inferno, so I’m happy to brace more elements of my fiction against time-tested epic poetry. If I can use Paradise Lost to emphasize my imagery, so much the better.

L2. The Interview with Virgil Blue

A chill froze Jay’s spine the moment he opened the door and saw Virgil Blue’s silver mask staring back at him.

Virgil Blue sat in their classic cross-legged position on top of a table. Their vacant wheelchair sat in front of them and faced them head-on. Jay found his legs pulling him to the wheelchair. He sat in it and he stared at the mask for a while, and found himself unable to do anything else. His thoughts wandered through the silver mask’s embossed, buggy eyes. 

Jay knew he had no strength to take a proper photograph. He finally found will to put his notepad on his thigh and prepared his pen, without shifting his gaze from the mask for an instant. His wrist locked in writing position. Unable to break eye-contact with the mask, he hoped his blind scribbles were legible later.

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