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E Galactic Mu – the Novel

Posted by halcyon on Feb 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

Greetings, space travelers. It has been many earth-years since we fell through the worm-hole and were captured by the grok-groks of Capiscasicum V. Oh, the times we had!

Though we were barred from discussing science, fiction, science fiction, and video games, we found other ways to entertain ourselves. But lo, while our captors napped (a strong napping culture exists in the grok-grok’s system), our courageous Captain laboured on a secret project, one we pinned our hopes on–we knew she must be constructing a secret device or devious plan to return us to the Sol system and home, and brownies and felted hats and all that.

Unfortunately, it turned out that she was merely writing a science-fiction novel. It did not bring us home. After a time, the grok-groks simply lost interest in us and showed us the inverted wormhole and how to reverse it. So it goes.

Anyway, the important thing is you can get several years worth of our Captain’s lovely wit and storytelling, packaged in a convenient electronic package. Read more about it (and other subjects diverse and sundry) at her other blog: . Or skip the formalities and buy it directly ($3) from the evil empire (Amazon: e galactic mu). I guarantee that it will sooth your weary soul.

Still here to help,


Psych Officer

Galactic Mu

Legend: Legend of the Legend Legend

Posted by Sunday on Dec 12, 2008 at 2:08 am

Like many scifi nerds I have a low tolerance for fantasy.  I’d like to say that it’s just the repetition, but science fiction isn’t exactly summer’s eve fresh, if you catch my drift.  Leesa remarked that all too often it reads like a romance novel with ancillary sorcery, and I think she’s right; if you take the science out of most science fiction you’d have a broken storyline, if you take the magic out of a fantasy novel, you have… a novel.

On the other hand, I think The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are neccessary reading for anyone, anywhere.  Plenty of smack has been spoken of them (the cool have always delighted in toppling the giants of the past) and I don’t have a lot to say about those people – fools walk the earth, I can’t deny it.  Furthermore, and lending somewhat less credence to my love for Tolkein, is my enjoyment of what can only be described as bad fantasy.  It’s like watching a sitcom or eating tatertots with nacho sauce for dinner: I never meant for anyone to see me do it, but there it is.

My point: newly debuted television show Legend of the Seeker, baby of Sam Raimi (hello, Xena!) and author Terry Goodkind is exactly what I mean when I curl my lip and say “Fantasy?”  I mean, this is’s description:

“In a distant land, Richard Cypher discovers his true destiny as he, a mysterious young woman, a wise old wizard and a magical sword are all that stand between the evil tyrant Darken Rahl and his quest for total domination. “

Whoa, whoa, wait a second.  There’s a handsome, young, well-meaning pauper lad, a mysterious and physically stunning young woman, an aged wizard and some kind of enchanted sword?  And an evil tyrant with the word “Dark” in his first name?  I don’t get it.

An aside: I keep reading the name as “Drunken Rahl” which impresses me, and then I catch my error and am disappointed.


I am but a lowly forest lad, building things for charity.

Anyway, this is what I’m thinking, as I am sure you are: please.  Just… stop.  Why are you doing this to yourselves?  I mean, you’re the sorority girl at the party getting wasted on Long Island Iced Teas and then puking on herself.  You’re an embarrassment but worse you’re a cliched, predictable, dime-a-dozen embarrassment.



And then I started watching the show.

And oh god, is it terrible.  And delightful.  A kind of hysterical, overseasoned superfantasy top-heavy with slo-mo and dramatic CG, it is that glistening pink donut encrusted with sprinkles that makes you say “I can’t, I’m a grown-up,” and then you’re cramming it into your mouth, icing smeared over your face and hands while onlookers queasily retch.


I guess I would pay to see a 7-foot tall man holding a chicken on his nethers.

Bruce Spence?!  Is that you?   Dear god, man, you were the Gyro Pilot in Mad Max, what are you doing here?  Bruce Spence who played the role of The Mouth of Sauron (a scene that should never have been cut from the theatrical release) in The Return of the King, or one of the Strangers in Dark City?

Oof.  Well, here’s my advice: if you’re home sick or pretending to be sick or maybe want to be sick, you can do worse than to sit around and watch Legend of the Seeker.  I recommend laying in a nearby store of strong liquor, a bowl of popcorn, some cherry cordials and holy shit is that Haldir from Lord of the Rings?  This show is knee-deep in LOTR sloppy seconds!  Anyway, it’s pretty, it’s confusing, it’s not like you have a huge holiday to prepare for in the next two weeks, so watch up.

Legend of the Seeker at

7 Posted in TV, Unicorns & Wizards

Recently an Etsy artist by the name of OctopusME made the internet rounds for her tentacle-rings cast from a real octopus tentacles. This was a huge hit with the steampunk and Cthulupunk crowds, as you can well imagine, but it wasn’t until today that I actually looked at her shop.


What made me shake my fist at my sucking wound of a bank account was the “Dragon Slayer” pendant, a single talon in silver, equal parts Awesome Metal Chick to D&D nerdess. Smaug-tastic! I’d advise against wearing with denim, though, unless you want to be solicited for crank all night.


For those still enamored of her tentacle jewelry, though, I myself prefer her line of small tentacle earrings, like this double-tentacle pair. Even though I know I’d be tugging knots of my hair out of them all day long, I still prefer their spindly, creepy articulation over the rings.

OctopusME’s shop.

“Dragon Slayer” pendant ($78).

“Double Tentacle Earrings” ($85).

We Don’t Wanna Go To War Today

Posted by Sunday on Jun 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm

We at the Mu have a powerful love for the misguided but unequaled Rankin-Bass attempts at Tolkien’s oeuvre (not to mention The Flight of the Dragons, The Last Unicorn and all their slightly uncomfortable Christmas obsession), and maybe none of us so much as Halcyon:


“Shagrat, Orc of the Ozarcs” by Halcyonsnow

In case any of you have forgotten what potential the films actually had, the song “Where There’s A Whip There’s A Way” should bring it all lumbering back for you.

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Farewell Gary Gygax

Posted by Leesa on Mar 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, died today.

I can’t tell you how much this guy did to help rescue me from an excruciatingly awkward childhood. Long before I was bolstering my ego by programming the c64 to say “hello”, I was rolling dice in a dark basement, avoiding getting my ass kicked with my chubby smarty pants friends. We found our pride where we could, and for us that was in a dungeon where for once we could claim we had some charisma.

It’s weird, just last night I was looking at this and thinking “maybe we should have a kid, just so I can put them in this”. Boohoo.

Level 1 Human

So let’s all pour a little mead for our homie.

Sam Nielson’s “Brownies”

Posted by halcyon on Feb 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm


Found at the Avalanche Software employee art blog. Sam Nielson’s personal blog is available here.