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Carl Dreams a Terrible Dream In my upcoming sci-fi / dystopian novel, Interpretation, dreams play a significant role.  People are controlled by an entity without their knowledge, often being fed dreams at night.  When Carl is free of their control, he is also free to dream on his own.   In chapter 11 we learn that Carl is having a recurring dream about his son, Liam.  Unfortunately for Carl, it's a dream that foreshadows his upcoming struggles. The Dream “Hello!?” Carl yelled into dense fog.  Emptiness caught hold of the word, bouncing his voice all around.  The Doppler Effect forced the pitch lower and lower.  A strange echo shot every semi-tone back at him.  The cacophony of o, so loud and heavy, forced Carl to place his hands ineffectively over his ears.  Down to one knee, the sound rattled his lungs.   Pressure overwhelmed Carl to the point where he thought that his insides might shake loose.  Consumed by only one thought, for the noise to stop, it did.  Silence.  An absolute vacuum.  Carl stayed down for a moment, afraid that the din would return.  When it didn’t, he opened his eyes.  Not that he could see anything through the thick…

  • The Case of the Lost Mitten About five years ago my mother sent up a tub full of stuff from when I was a kid.  The tub sat in my garage until recently, when I came across it again and finally started sorting through it.  In this tub was a…

  • Operation Cosmic Teapot Reader's Guide Part IV Chapter Title:  On the Politics of Kicking Ass and Taking Names This chapter – oh this chapter.  I had a very difficult time with this chapter.  In the early days of writing the novel, this chapter almost ended the whole effort.  I chalk…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Aesthetics of Guarding One’s Ass How beautiful can it be to guard one’s ass?  I’m not sure.  But it makes me giggle.  In this chapter we’re introduced to the Norse gods Odin, Loki, Thor and Freya.  They basically play their traditional roles from Norse mythology; that…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Genealogy of Better Beginnings The title of this chapter is taken from Nietzsche’s first essay in The Genealogy of Morals.  At first, I attempted to replicate the entire opening paragraph but that proved to be quite a boring read, so I only took a couple of…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Nature of Re-Genesis The titles of each chapter are probably my favorite parts of the book.  I can’t remember how they came to be, exactly, but they are meant to poke fun at philosophical treatises.  Each one follows the format:  On the (philosophical term) of (something…

  • When I first set out to write Operation Cosmic Teapot, I did so to entertain myself.  I wanted to write a book that would make me laugh while allowing me to look into a number of philosophies.  OCT was the result.  More recently, I started thinking about writing a reader’s…

  • What is Consciousness? About five years ago, in the conventional way of thinking, I listened to an interview on CBC Radio about how time may not exist.  In fact, there are some fundamental problems with time. 

  • Friedrich Nietzsche's Death The story often told is this:  Nietzsche was causing a ruckus in the streets of Turin as he made his way to the Piazza Carlo Alberto.  Upon arriving, he found a man whipping a horse.  Nietzsche ran to the horse and threw his arms around it, to…

  • Dylan Callens came up with the core idea for Operation Cosmic Teapot while in university.  Back then, he was writing a terrible, terrible book with no discernible plot and characters that were flatter than stick figures on a piece of paper.  From that travesty; however, the image of God being…

  • That old rascal, Bertrand Russell illustrates that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims.  More specifically, proof of God's existence relies on the person making the claim.  Of course, Operation Cosmic Teapot assumes that several gods exist, so, you know.... what-everrrrr.  Russell's original argument…

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