About The Giants Of Mu Arae

Vue Space posted on Jan 24, 2021
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CBC Massey Lectures 2421 Intelligence Linguist and Mathematician Ketso Moagi reading, 'About The Giants Of Mu Arae' University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Prologue: The plain truth of the matter is that I was bored, utterly and profoundly. If anyone before had said that I could be quite so bored in London I'd have denied it. Yet there I was, alone in the Intelligence Field Department while everyone else was on leave or holiday. As the days wore into weeks I began to despair of ever getting away. Even so, the last place I would have ever have considered for a sabbatical would have been eight months of moon hopping amongst the ringed giants of the Mu Arae system. At just under fifty light years, a lone Solar mass G class interloper amongst an equally commonplace cluster of scarlet dwarfs. But then, it is not everyone that has an acquaintance like Zoe Smith...

Comments (10)


KatesFriend 3:07PM | Sun, 24 January 2021

Okay, I borrowed the narrative from the intro to the (1979) film 'The Riddle Of The Sands'. A slow burn period adventure starring a post-'Logan's Run' Jenney Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale and some guy called Michael York. I first saw the film during a bout of insomnia some ten (10) years later at 3am on Channel 9 – that's a nod to Christopher Lee's hilarious sense of self deprecation, he once hosted SNL you see. And yes, there is a Channel 9 in the Toronto TV viewing area.

NOTE: Christopher Lee is not in this film, my mind just works this way.

Anyways, the film is a personal favourite of mine in spite of the fact I don't normally enjoy period dramas. Alas, a viewer must endure some of Carruthers' (Michael York) upper class snobbery for the first thirty (30) odd minutes or so – it's the price of admission I'm afraid. The movie had been fairly easy to find on YouTube. Though now it looks like the Google copy write Nazis have finally caught up with it at last. Don't be evil guys.


eekdog 4:50PM | Sun, 24 January 2021

most terrific space scene my friend.


RodS 10:08PM | Sun, 24 January 2021

A wonderful bit of fun narrative to go with this wonderful scene, somewhere in the great beyond. Love it!

I've always thought Chris Lee was an incredible actor - I loved him in everything he appeared in - even if he was Saruman and Count Dukoo... And The Man With The Golden Gun... RIP, Chris..


rhol_figament 11:11PM | Sun, 24 January 2021

The Giants Of Mu Arae are well known among the dreamers of this sector. It is a powerful nexxus point to move from one dream world to another. How much virtual quantum dream power do you need to achieve the ultimate lucid dream state... 🐉


UteBigSmile 1:21AM | Mon, 25 January 2021

Great writing and a fantastic image, just love them both, wish you a great new week!


dochtersions 9:41AM | Mon, 01 February 2021

A mysterious and exciting performance, very cleverly made.


anitalee 9:54AM | Mon, 08 February 2021



adrian3Dart 2:25PM | Sun, 14 February 2021

Fantastic space scene with a great planet.


Burpee 6:42PM | Mon, 15 February 2021

Wonderful narrative. I love the space scene and nebulas in the sky. Well done! Wow, Logan's Run. That was SO long ago. A precursor of similar films to come.


ACue 11:12AM | Sun, 21 February 2021

Christopher Lee was a very fine actor ... I do unfortunately link him, perhaps unfairly, to the indominable Peter Cushing and the vastly under-appreciated world of Hammer Films (notice the recent revival of the Hammer brand in some horror offerings). Not sure that I remember that film with Jenny Agutter and Michael York. Now I am intrigued. Funny how early 70s films continue to dominate the cultural zeitgeist. Think of the impact of The Godfather, the Exorcist, The Conversation, etc. At least for boomers. I found myself predicting that Texans better get used to Soylent Green, this week. Back to your render and narrative, that's an interesting and transporting projection. Very contemplative, yet setting the stage for an epic adventure, perhaps anchored with the astonishing revelation that the protagonist is in fact an artificial intelligence sentinel, protecting the legacy of humanity embodied in the preserved organic mind/brain of the last surviving consciousness of mankind, a time-stream researcher who "died" at age 165 in the ancient orbital city of Shanghai. In fact, I caught a hint of Philip K. Dick in your narrative, and visualized your rendering as a typical sci-fi paperback cover illustration I'd find in a Yonge Street book store, near Wellesley, deep in the back in the Fantasy/Science Fiction section, under the "K"s for Kates Friend, prolific sci-fin author from Toronto, Canada. - I was NOT on drugs when I wrote this. Just three to four cups of coffee into the morning already.

KatesFriend 8:39PM | Mon, 22 February 2021

What brand of coffee do you drink? How I wish my mind could get out of its current dumps right now. I have an upcoming Encyclopedia entry and it is giving me noting but trouble. I told my brother once that even fictional worlds can be enigmatic. He thought that I had lost it.

Believe it or not, you are not too far off the mark with your analysis. Except it is Zoe Smith who will one day seek to be a "Librarian". A living keeper of the knowledge and legacy of a long disappeared civilization which Humanity calls "Isis Elder". Knowledge which can only be preserved within the conscious and always evolving thought of sentient beings. Knowledge which would otherwise be eroded by a dark force of nature, what some theorize as an "anti-intelligence".

"Not all of my films begin at 3am on Channel 9." - Christopher Lee

Actually, around the time of Lee's appearance on SNL, I saw 'The Horror Express' at 3am on Channel 79 (cable 7). See it on City!

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