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Strong Baby’s Dream in Three Acts with Nine Sentences.

Act One

(1) Strong Baby finds herself in a nightmare, caused by Tianara’s ectopic pregnancy; Second Sister Ariana intervenes in organic virtual reality.

(2) The Council of First Sisters convenes, with Tianara’s sister Dianire taking her seat; Ariana presents the recorded intervention, and the Council decides on a cruel Darwinian solution.

(3) Deducing that this would be the Council’s choice, Dianire intiates First Sister Rintiala’s plan to save Tianara, and along with Novice Alope, they hide Tianara in the cactus mother Old Bess and rush off to Clan Demetra.

Act Two

(4) The Tialans and Redourines enter Clan Demetra precincts; Companion Berylia outlines her plan to save Tianara by performing a Caesarean section in the Galiuro, where dying cactus mothers are dumped.

(5) The Tialans and Redourines carry Tianara to Deer Creek in the Galiuro, finding suitable cactus mothers to create an organic virtual reality operating theater.

(6) The Western Bandits, hiding north in Ghost Canyon, come down to abduct the young women, only to be waylaid by clones of Companion Berylia, which was her plan all along.

Act Three

(7) The Battle of Deer Creek ensues, Western Bandits against Tialans and Redourines, with Alope turning the tide of battle.

(8) Finds-Water arrives to round up the defeated Westerns Bandits, to deport them to the Sky Wanderer’s precincts in Albuquerque, a ghetto too dangerous for any sane denizen of the Empty Earth to inhabit.

(9) With Tianara alive and her new baby healthy, Rintiala concludes that the enterprise was a success, and only the first in a new way of delivering babies otherwise at risk.

Strong Baby is born fully telepathic, and thanks Rintiala, Dianire and Alope for helping her to be born. Even Berylia hears her. They all agree to keep this knowledge to themselves.

The Second Tome, or the Final Synopsis of ‘Second Sister’

I’m going to use the month of September 2019 to finish ‘Second Sister’ as all the individual chapters have been written, some as long as twenty-five years ago (!) So here goes:

The entire story is read during the second session in Carlsbad Abbey by Queen Ariana, so we have the same guests in attendance (in order to improve continuity). So, the entire second story is wrapped inside the Second Tome of Queen Ariana, A.D. 2578.

The first section is ‘The Locust’ or the coming of the Dark Queen in the form of Dianire Redourine. This is the wrapper around ‘The Ruins of Phoenix’. This section also contains ‘Strong Baby’s Dream’ and the entire section ends with Tianara’s successful surgery and the defeat/expulsion of the Western Bandits from the known Empty Earth.

The second section is ‘Second Sister’ proper, and is the story of Ariana’s entrance into New Spain, her triumph of opening the Sky Wanderers’ treasure-trove in Los Alamos, and ends with her murder at the hands of Dianire. (I”m going to write this as manslaughter, but King Carlos of Spain won’t see it that way).

The third section is ‘Queen, Saint or Goddess?’ and is the story of Rintiala’s failed attempt to extricate Ariana from New Spain, Dianire’s attack on Santa Fe, and the final decisive battle at the Healing Temple in Tiala.

All three sections culminate in Queen Ariana finishing the Second Tome, and then meeting her mother, Rintiala in the flesh. They go out of the Great Meeting Room to walk on the southern balcony of the Abbot’s Residence, and there witness the Sky Wanderers’ landing their ships a few hundred meters away.

That ends ‘Second Sister’, setting up the conditions for the third and final volume of the Nuegua Trilogy, ‘War in Heaven’.

There are also going to be extended appendices, mostly notably ‘Desert Frigate’ where Prince Carlos, Benedetto Sepulveda and Alejandro Baca drive back an attack on Soccorro by the Western Bandits.

A second addition is ‘The Cities of Quivera’ where we meet Don Benedetto’s older brother, the adventurous and doomed Don Genaro.

The Masters of Luridity: A Study of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”

Or, how one of the worst movies ever made became the inspiration for my life’s work.

First, check out this unintentionally hilarious (and lurid) trailer:

The Mesa of Lost Women (1953 Trailer)

Now, let’s do a quick precis:

“Hidden the mesas of New Mexico, a disgraced but brilliant scientist creates a new type of human female, altering their genetics to include the powers of a spider”.

Uh…wait a minute..is that “The Mesa of Lost Women”, or “Nuegua”?

The truth is that the Nuegua storyline is an update to and rewrite of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”.

To show how close the world-building is. let’s take a look at my villainess, Beryla.

Hmmm…that’s Tandra Quinn from “The Mesa Of Lost Women”! I dimly remember watching this movie on a Saturday afternoon when I was no older than twelve, maybe only eleven.

The image stuck. Here’s a better one:

As all modern rewrites do, Berylia is a ‘dark grey’ character; her motivations are logical, but cruel. She is a master manipulator, determined to overthrow the elite of Nueguan society.

As for the soundtrack of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”, it was disastrous attempt to fuse (I won’t go so far as to say ‘integrate’) Flamenco guitar with Schoenbergian piano.

And again, much of my Nueguan music does the same thing, hopefully a little better.