The famous person wears the same size waterskis as me She's got three cars as many years I've lived in this city Her hair is blonde and mine is brown they both start with a "B" But when the phone inside her rib cage rings it's not for me But when the phone inside her rib cage rings it's not for me hey!
--They MIGHT BE Giants (The Famous Polka, _Miscellaneous T_)
Good evening, and welcome to Ghosts of the Past Theatre. I'm your host, Gryphon. You remember me...the owner of this account and I have done great things to your minds. :-)
Some of you have wondered when we would get round to doing something else. Since I've regained net access, I've gotten a query or three myself, even. So, we figured it was time to get round to doing just that.
What you are about to read is the result of a project which is actually quite old. We started work on this in the fall of 1991, as a break from the UF series. We wanted to do something lighter, not quite as heavy, dark, and interactive--and certainly not as big.
Well, that was then, and this is now.
However, one caveat: the universe you are about to enter is much smaller and more self-contained than the UF universe. So, while many of you have expressed a desire to incorporate your own ideas into the UF universe, to make your mark, so to speak, upon it (and we have been, I think, more than free with it), I would thank you not to do so here. Besides, there's no need to; there's nothing special about this universe except for the fact that we're in it. If you want to do your own BGC crossover, do the honest thing and steal it yourself. :-)
Which brings me to the actual introduction itself. This work is primarily a Bubblegum Crisis...er...what's the word? "Mutation" comes to mind. Perhaps MegaZone will have something more erudite to describe it in his section, but that's what comes to my mind.
The particulars will make themselves apparent in the actual text itself, so there won't be much need for explanations, nose-leading or as-you-know-Bobbing here...
...so I shall pass the stage to MegaZone, and he can tell you what he wants to tell you about this work of ours.
Eyrie Productions is back... ...and this time, we're not using condiments.
Oh, one other thing. Some of you may find certain of the scenes contained in this work to be unnecessary, gratuitous, or poorly justified. Just remember this one simple rule of thought: Has everything in your actual life been necessary and well justified? I didn't think so. We strove for as much realism as possible in this unreal setting, and the lives of the characters follow rather typical Wedge-Dynamics...your mileage may vary.
Peace and love, etc., --G. firstname.lastname@example.org Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
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hello, zoner here...
Ah, it's been a long time coming and it's great to be back...
In a new universe this time, well, a new 'borrowed' universe. We're still doing UF work, a few ideas are still working their way onto 'paper' so to speak. And we're not the only ones, I recently received another UF story from an old WPI pal. Though we're waiting for final approval to post it. (floyd, you listening? C'mon man...) And just today another netrunner started work on a new tale, Hammer Time is still running, etc. So the UF universe is going strong.
But, we have a lot of ideas that just didn't work in the UF timeline. Back when we were writing the original Undocumented Features in the fall of 1991 we took some breaks and 'scribbled' down some random ideas. We were taken by some of them and fleshed them out, Ben had just been introduced to BGC and thus many of the ideas were set in a BGC universe. We saved these segments and over time tied many together.
And they grew into this, originally 'Ben and Zoner Get Hopelessly Lost' the concept changed as it grew and the 'Bill and Ted' attitude faded. So it is now simply 'Hopelessly Lost'.
As much as I've really enjoyed the fiction others have done for the UF universe, I guess I wanted something to work on that was smaller, more intimate. That was one of the appealing things of the HL world to me, it was set small, basically in one city, and the scope wasn't as broad.
The UF universe is HUGE, we've discussed and timelined so many events that we could never write all of the stories. Try describing the universe and all of its events across all of time. Whoa! That way lies madness.
There is a bit of cross-over with the UF universe, in a holistic sort of way. Sort of our 'Castle Rock'...
Ben and I have been kept apart by life, but he's back in town for a while and we've been jamming hard. Hence the recent spate of long awaited (yahright) UF tales, and now this, the first post in the Hopelessly Lost universe.
What? First post? Yes, in fact this is less than half of the material we've already written. It's just that a lot of the rest of the stuff hasn't been lashed together with literary duct tape. But the next section, Midnight Sun, is actually fairly well along.
Whereas UF is a grand-sweeping, movie-like series, HL is more an episodic-OAV style tale. As befits its source material. So now we can drive ourselves mad juggling two universes! (And, for me, Robotech: The Misfold, and another upcoming tale I'm trying to work on (I am sorry about the delay Matt), plus I HAVE A LIFE! Well, a budding relationship. Life is actually cool right now.)
But, I'm rambling, this story is almost two years in the making. We just wrapped it up today 7/18/93, ok, maybe more like a year and a half. It was interesting to work on a story that has been fairly dormant for most of that time.
So, if you're ready for more male power fantasy in a borrowed universe, enjoy. :-) BTW, remember, we can't show you everything. The characters probably have a reason for everything they do, probably...
I hope you enjoy it. It'll be in the next post. Feedback is very welcome.