Notes from the Underground

August 2009

Table of Contents

Meeting Announcements

The August meeting will be held at Jamie Ritchie’s house (Map of 4737 Kingfisher St). The August Video Party will be held at Erika Frensley’s house (Map of 4701 Kinglet).

Editor’s Announcement

Because of postage costs, we are sending out newsletters electronically. For a hardcopy, email eekfrenzy@gmail.com. The PDF of each newsletter is also posted on the Several Unlimited website and on the Several Unlimited Yahoo group.

August/September Birthdays

Club News

Prez Mez August 2009

I’ve had ‘the crud that’s going around’ for about a week, so I’m not feeling particularly eloquent. The main point I want to bring up is that election time is coming. Who’s interested in running for office this year? It’s not that hard, really. And also, are there any new projects or interests that the Several might want to pursue?

Several Unlimited Summer Party

Our party was a success, even if we did have to share the room with mundanes (but it certainly was fun freaking out the mundanes!) The book swap was a success – everyone left with a book (who wanted one), and the cake was specially ordered for us…

Star Trek cake

Figure 1 The Cake and a recreation of a scene from Who Mourns for Adonis

Several Unlimited Fanfiction Archive

We would love to receive and post your fanfic in our web archive. We would love to receive electronic copies of them—send them to fanfic_archive@severalunlimited.com. We can scan hard copy too-- email us first before you send us anything on paper.


News and Reviews

Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood Review

I've seen Holmes portrayed before on the live stage, by no less than Leonard Nimoy. I was nonetheless favorably impressed by the Alley's pre-run performance of "Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood".

There is a little action (fully half the characters in the first scene end it DEAD!). There's good comic relief even before bumbling Inspector Lestrade comes in to fill that job completely. Dr. Watson gets to be snippy, as well as stalwart, reliable, & supportive; he even gets in a bit of romance. Holmes is inscrutable, insightful, & clever, also most glad for a diversion to keep him from the cocaine he's been filling his boredom with.

The metaphorical stage for our mystery is set with a conspiracy founded on base greed, fiendish treachery, the corruption of 'honorable' men, cowardly betrayal, & a curse sealed with a Blood Oath. The case comes to Baker Street in the person of Irene St. Claire, whose father's part in the conspiracy has her coming to Holmes & Watson in terror. Holmes sifts her clues & they're off to find her missing Dad. They track him to a creepy estate, where we see suspicious retainers, ugly villains, the cursed treasure, & a diabolical murder. Suspects flee by the time the police arrive to have Holmes reveal the murder Lestrade is ready to chalk up to death by anxiety & fright. Then it's off again to locate Daddy before he, too, falls to the curse.

After intermission, we resume in a London Opium Den, where Capt. Neville St. Claire hopes to die happy. He's slowly spewing clues to the proprietor, & even hallucinates a dead accomplice, but he doesn't live long after his seekers show up. Eventually, they recover the treasure from the last conspirator before he, too, dies. But if you think the plot's through twisting, you're in for at least one big, tragic shock before the curtain (figuratively) falls & the actors bask in their ultimate applause.

I liked the stagecraft, though I heard a complaint about a campy sound effect. The sets include a movable staircase up to a nifty catwalk, put to good use more than once in the play's progress. They even had some effective & suitable period mood music, though no live orchestra nor anything I found exceptional. The sets, lighting, & props are creative & ingenious, including a magician's vanishing cupboard. And these folks aren't afraid to let us glimpse the stage crew moving the scenery off & on; the cast even exits through the house after taking their final bows.

A Star Wars Zombie Novel

First it was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now it’s Star Wars and Zombies. The novel Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber will be coming out in September.

When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

Schreiber has a blog (http://scaryparent.blogspot.com) where you can find pictures of his zombified Storm Troopers staggering around ComicCon, promoting his book.

Websites of the Month

Today in Alternate History

http://www.todayinah.co.uk/

This site chronicles important events in history that never occurred today. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.

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