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Old 04-17-2009   #1
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In an Alternative Universe...

Press Release (April 17, 1941): RKO Radio Pictures is proud to announce the production of In a Seaside Town. The film is apapted from "The Troubles of Dr. Thoss" by popular pulp writer Thomas Ligotti. Elisha Cook, Jr. is cast as Alb Indys, a lonely and sleepless artist who wanders the night in his seaside town. Release is scheduled for September 7, 1941.

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Tibet: Carnivals?
Ligotti: Ceremonies for initiating children into the cult of the sinister.
Tibet: Gas stations?
Ligotti: Nothing to say about gas stations as such, although I've always responded to the smell of gasoline as if it were a kind of perfume.
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I'm going to miss it because I'll be born in 1967. Too bad.

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And I missed rubbing shoulders with the glitterati at the world premiere by being born in 1946. Drat!!

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Now that I think it twice, a strange alternative Universe indeed!!!

How could we have a film adapted by one of Ligotti's stories in 1941, when Ligotti himself was born in 1953??? In this parallel Universe, when was he born?

That makes me think that there is another possibility, even stranger, in which we are reading stories of a writer that wasn't born yet.

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Now that I think it twice, a strange alternative Universe indeed!!!

How could we have a film adapted by one of Ligotti's stories in 1941, when Ligotti himself was born in 1953??? In this parallel Universe, when was he born?

That makes me think that there is another possibility, even stranger, in which we are reading stories of a writer that wasn't born yet.
It could always be H.P. Ligotti. A Ligotti-Lovecraft amalgamation (effectively making Ligotti one of his own literary forefathers) would be a very strange notion indeed.
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GSCarnivals: What proof do we have that the past ever existed?

The only proof we have is that we remember the past, basically through what the past left behind. That's why we know that Armstrong stepped on the moon. Or that JFK was assassinated. But following this idea, what proof do we have that the past is still existing in, perhaps, an alternative universe? We can say that the past already existed, and became the present, and by becoming the present, our NOW, it evolved into us, thus destroying itself. We do have proof that the past seems to have existed, but that it is still existing... I doubt it.

I don't see the past somehow fixed but forever changing. What...? Who knows if Armstrong urinated before stepping on the moon or not? Who knows if JFK before his time was over had coffee for breakfast? Yes, with one or two sugars? Which spoon he used, a plastic one? Thus, our past, the totality of what was our past, is going to be forever unknown. The more we advance towards the future, the less we will know about the past.

If each Universe is contained in a bubble, and each one of them is what we call "instant". Just imagine how much energy the real Universe, the combination of all "instant" Universes, amounts to. Infinite. Our Universe already has an unbelievable amount of energy, that we cannot account for, imagine a sum of infinite bubble Universes. Thus, by Occam's razor, "entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily", we have to suppose that only our Universe, our NOW, exists, and all the others, past and future Universes, conjectured by science fiction writers, are only illusion.

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Re: In an Alternative Universe...

I'm too drunk to argue serious issues. However, in an alternative universe, Thomas Ligotti was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in the autumn of 1959, just prior to the publication of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.

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And what are the Quirk Classics? A wish list of titles in an alternative universe.

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My housemate was watching the Woodstock film on television last night. It would be pleasant to imagine the music provided by someone other than all those rubbish hippy bands. In my alternative universe, Daphne & Celeste would definitely be telling them:

U.G.L.Y. you ain't got no alibi -- you're ugly!

How true!

And I think Girls Aloud for the big finale to Woodstock.

How much better than the real thing would that have been?

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My housemate was watching the Woodstock film on television last night. It would be pleasant to imagine the music provided by someone other than all those rubbish hippy bands. In my alternative universe, Daphne & Celeste would definitely be telling them:

U.G.L.Y. you ain't got no alibi -- you're ugly!

How true!

And I think Girls Aloud for the big finale to Woodstock.

How much better than the real thing would that have been?
Pet, you were at Babestock, too? What an awesome coincidence!

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Ligotti: Ceremonies for initiating children into the cult of the sinister.
Tibet: Gas stations?
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