Cern Zoo
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Author:  des2 [ Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:21 pm ]
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The excellent programme just broadcast on BBC4 - The Secret Life of Chaos - makes one very fearful of the retrocausality (as earlier reported) by the Large Hadron Collider. The world as Cern Zoo.

Author:  StevePalmer [ Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:31 pm ]
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It was good, wasn't it. Gotta love those fractals...

Author:  Roy [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:46 am ]
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Now the masks are off I can reveal that I am to blame for "Being Of Sound Mind" and Des told me Steve Duffy's CERN ZOO story 'The Lion's Den' has been chosen for Ellen Datlow's up-coming THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOL. 2. so well done Steve.

Author:  Stephen Bacon [ Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:25 pm ]
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And I can reveal that I wrote 'The Devourer of Dreams' from Cern Zoo. Congrats to all the contributors - and to Steve Duffy in particular.

Author:  des2 [ Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:03 am ]
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A few days ago, I released the 23 CERN ZOO authors from secrecy about their particular stories - but only if they wish to do so in advance of the official announcement by me of the whole list on 12 March 2010.
You can watch any such announcements being made in real-time on the time-line here:

Very pleased to announce that 'The Lion's Den' has been chosen to appear in Ellen Datlow's book here: ... the-1.html

Author:  des2 [ Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:36 pm ]
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The Devourer of Dreams by Stephen Bacon

"...the balance between madness and sanity tipping many times before I wrestled it straight."

I really think this story is even more horrific than its own author may realise and even beyond the scope of its own words. It mentions an Isle of Cern at the beginning (matching the island in the previous story) but search how you might it is only linked in some obscure corner elsewhere in the raw text to a zoo - whence the text's huge spider-like creature (that both milks others and is milked itself for dreams) derives. This story itself makes you think you are its imaginative creator by dint of reading about that creature for yourself. It's a sort of story that milks the reader to feed itself. I cannot emphasise that enough. It's circular like the Collider and your head starts spinning at the implications. Not only a shadow from the future disguised as the past but a shadow of itself made double by being you as well as itself.

Author:  des2 [ Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:40 pm ]
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Being Of Sound Mind by Roy Gray

“...sending an attack of the vbvbvbv’s into a current opus.”

One of a number of stories in ‘Cern Zoo’ that I accepted and contracted without first knowing who wrote it – a writer who has since kindly given me much information on Time and Parallel Worlds and other philosophies that also perhaps underlie the Cern phenomenon. As does the story itself implicitly and explicitly.
An enthralling and touching and concept-provoking story of someone recently retired now taking fiction-writing more seriously, later facing a whispering then clamouring ‘political correctness’ after the sudden bubbly arrival of a mysterious ‘granddaughter’ manqué. This plot really blossoms even further in the (for me) new light of RETROCAUSAL THEORY. I am so glad I spotted this memorable intarsia of ‘magic fiction’ before fully appreciating it as such.

Author:  des2 [ Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:21 pm ]
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Lyn wrote:
Just received my review copy of Cern Zoo from Tangent Online. Looking forward to reading the nemonymous stories soon. Lyn

Thanks, Lyn. I look forward to your review. :)

Meanwhile: Tilly the Whale:

Author:  des2 [ Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:09 pm ]
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See my Sea Trees:

Null Immortalis (Nemo 10) probably to have a cover based on this image.

Author:  des2 [ Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:59 pm ]
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CERN ZOO authors revealed en masse for the first time. ... onised.htm

Author:  Pete [ Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:12 am ]
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Interesting. Going back to my six favourite stories/authors experiment, three of them overlap. Don't know what that proves, if anything.

Author:  des2 [ Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:59 pm ]
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Well done, Pete. If you'd been opening boxes on DEAL OR NO DEAL you'd gone away happy, I guess. :)

Author:  des2 [ Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:23 am ]
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From Nemonymous Nine (CERN ZOO), Steve Duffy's story 'The Lion's Den' has been published in Ellen Datlow's 'Best Horror Of The Year' book for 2009, and I have now been told that Lee Hughes' "Turn The Crank" has an Honourable Mention, and 'Cern Zoo' as a whole receives favourable mention in the Summation section in the front of the book. In the said Summation, Dominy Clements, Tim Nickels, Lee Hughes and Steve Duffy receive a mention. Pretty good when you see that most of the stories are not Horror ones, but also SF and Fantasy and Literary.

It is also on the BFA longlist.

Author:  Roy [ Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:16 pm ]
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Good stuff Des. Well done. Will we have any for sale at WHC 2010?

Author:  des2 [ Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:21 pm ]
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I'm bringing two along. Thanks, Roy. :)

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