"Oh magus, you have begun thy journey. Your master's temple has fallen but his work is not yet finished…" - Orrin Oscar Lutwidge
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The story describes a technologically advanced city at the bottom of the ocean which Harlan called Utropolis. Other changes to Quain's writing include: Changing Splicers to "Juicers", ADAM to "Transformula", Big Daddies to "Patri-Arkhs", Apollo Square to Mithra Square, and most interestingly, Little Sisters were changed to small, chipmunk-like creatures.
Lex Harlan would always leave hints to the readers that these were true stories, edited to give them a Visionary Wonder effect. Phil Isidore was the contact who first alerted Mark Meltzer to the existence of these stories. Phil said that in the UFO community there had something called "The Quain question;" a debate about the veracity of these stories and of the eventual fate of Quain, who had mysteriously disappeared. Mark initially dismissed this as nonsense, but over the course of There's Something in the Sea came to realize that the stories were actually rooted in truth.
To Our Readers:
- Every once in a while a tale comes across our desk that's so raw - so real - so shocking -
- that we wonder if it might not contain a "grain of truth." Is it possible that there's a lost
- city of futuristic science - right beneath our noses? You'll ask yourself that question as
- you feast your eyes upon the electrifying thrill-fest from our newest author!
- - Lex Harlan, Ed. -
|by R. Killian Quain|
|CHAPTER 1. PARADISE CROSSED!|
I weighed the cold iron of the dented,
Cocking its head slightly, as if catching
find the Transformula. Instead - lurking
From a shattered window leapt a Juicer!
And in response, something metallic
right fist - which was not a fist at all.
Instead, it was a massive hydraulic drill!
next. Instead, I huddled in the wreckage -
Finally, it was over. The Patri-Arkh lumbered
he shattered corpse of the Juicer stared
of a friend...
For the Juicer had once been human!
I looked out towards the inspiring pin-
My mind traveled, back, back... to a time
As the streamlined metro trains rocketed to
Behind the Scenes Edit
- The appearance in this story of Little Sisters as chipmunks and Big Daddies as robots is a reference to early concept art from the original BioShock game.