MVC Podcast 4: Roswell, 1947 & Timelines
[00:35:44] January 10th, 2023
The ancient story of the common ancestors of all Venusians, and a complete history of "The New World Empire" universe summarized.
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It’s a bit cold here lately. I hope you’re staying warm, those of you in the northern hemisphere, and for those of you in the southern hemisphere, I hope you’re staying cool. That is, of course, if you’re on the same planet as me, and in the same time continuum. For those of you who might be as far out as the same planet in a future time, I hope you’re enjoying yourselves. It can’t be all bad, seeing as you’ve got a screen and an internet connection. Hopefully food and shelter as well, and friends, if not family. I just generally hope you’re doing well today, whenever that is for you.
Look what just arrived, a few days ago! For those who aren’t familiar, this is a book which exists solely for people watching this video series. I’m committed to not mentioning it anywhere else, this is exclusive, for the elite few, the coolest of all the human race in any time. What it is, is a compilation of the three books in The Trilogy, “The Small Grey Mouse,” “Smaller Mouse,” and “The Multiverse Cartographer.” It also includes a fourth section which includes “Second Fruit,” the original 1997 story which birthed Charles, Blythe, Jobe, which later evolved into “The New World,” as well as “The Cutting Room Floor,” a few of the sort of “Deleted Scenes” which may shed light on one or two things in The New World Empire universe. There are also many other short stories in the first two Mouse sections, and even a few others in that fourth bonus section.
So, if you’d like to read the Mouse books and “The Multiverse Cartographer” on eBook or Kindle, those are available, links are in the description below. But, if you’re the sort of person who either liked to hold a book in your hand and read it the old fashioned way, or you’re into bonus material and being one of the elite few among humans or, indeed, all sentient life, then the link to the paperback copy of “The New World Empire & The Interdimensional Coffeehouse” is in the description below. Full disclosure, for every that someone buys of this book I make 50 cents, which I’ll be sharing with Joe Zabinski, who you’ll meet in the next episode. It is as inexpensive as Kindle Direct Publishing will allow me to make it, given that it’s 400 pages of high quality color, and as you can see there are many photo-quality illustrations, and much of the text is in one color or another for a variety of reasons.
So, that’s enough about that! You can for the chapter recital, didn’t you? First, if you’ve arrived here randomly through a quirk of the algorithm, then I would recommend clicking up here and starting with the beginning of this video series, so you can get it all in order. In today’s recital, I’ll be reading two chapters, “Roswell, 1947” and “Timelines.”
Without further ado, let us begin: ROSWELL, 1947
They call us Reticulans because of the part of the sky we come in from, but Reticulum is only a short ways out from the Sol system. Our true origin is much further, in a Galaxy unknown to them.
I wasn’t the first Reticulan to visit them, but I was the first who spoke English, and probably the most descent, by their standards, of those of us who’d interacted with them prior to then. I was the first not to erase their memories of the experience, for example.
Anyway, the lay lines were interesting in one area, so I landed there.
“I come in peace!” I told the family of the ranch nearby.
“Art thou here to conquer us?” the father Human asked good-naturedly.
“No, just to visit. Wouldst thou mind turning off thy torch? ‘Tis hurting mine eyes.”
He obliged. “Dost thou intend to hurt me or my family?”
“Nay, my good man. We are not so very dissimilar, thou and I,” I assured them.
The mother Human said something to her mate, then he said, “Wilt thou come inside? Dost thou drink water?”
“Tea is fine, or coffee, whichever ye prefer.”
Sooner or later, they helped me hide my ship in their barn, and we began to conspire as to how I might try to blend in, so as I might mingle with the Humans in the more populated areas.
Eventually, they grew tired and went to sleep, so I borrowed their radio and went back to my Saucer. I updated my information, as I listened to the advertisements and news broadcasts.
As their Luna set, and the light of their Sol began to add an indigo shade to the starry sky, I heard a voice that shook me to the core.
I was always fascinated by Earth, and Humans, and while I felt a lingering curiosity about their females, I never imagined I would find myself fixated on one of them. It was only her voice, the character and power behind it.
She was an heiress, the owner of a casino called Le Chat Nouveau, in a nearby city called Las Vegas, and her name was Elizabeth Windsor.
My mission had changed.
And that concludes chapter three. I’ll be a little avant-garde and start with the ending. In much of interdimensional fiction there is this trope, the idea that a parallel universe would have the same individuals, with the same faces, DNA, and even names as the one or ones we’re familiar with. Now, of course, this makes sense if the divergence between two universes happens after an individual is conceived, and makes even more sense if it does so after they are born and named. However, in other cases, such as Fringe where you’re find Walter and Peter Bishop and the rest of the main characters in two very different universes, one in which zeppelins became standard mass transit, for instance, it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief.
The idea that a universe where the Tutor line remained on the British throne for substantially longer than it did in our universe would result in the person we know as Queen Elizabeth II in our universe to be born as a wealthy heiress in Las Vegas is unlikely. But, it happened, in The New World Empire universe.
This was partially inspired by the plot of “King Ralph,” in which the entire extended Royal family passes away in a tragic group photo accident, and the next of kin in line for the throne is a guy named Ralph, portrayed by John Goodman, in Las Vegas.
In this situation, we find Elizabeth Windsor, the richest woman in the world, running a casino in Las Vegas, falling in love with the Roswell alien in 1947, the year which in our universe she became engaged to Phillip. Of course, in this chapter she hasn’t met him yet, but based on the tale told by Arthur Fathom in the previous chapter we know that his feelings will be requited.
The casino she runs is called Le Chat Nouveau. This is a reference to Le Chat Noir, said to be the first modern cabaret which opened in 1881 in the bohemian Montmartre district in Paris. It was a nightclub where the patrons sat at tables and drank alcoholic beverages while being entertained by a variety show on stage.
So, back to the alien. In 1947, something crash landed in Roswell, in the real world. They say it was a weather balloon but, as we all know, that’s what they always say when it’s actually aliens. That, or some top-secret new aircraft being tested. In our universe, there was a military base there, and nuclear weapons being tested nearby. There is a theory that it was the fallout from these nuclear weapons being tested which messed with the aliens’ instruments causing them to crash. Implied in this version of events is that, A) That is true, it was the nuclear radiation which caused them to crash and B) There was no such radiation in The New World Empire universe. The power structure that was indirectly established by the son and grandson of Henry VIII resulted in the absence of a World War II. That is not to say this timeline didn’t have more than its fair share of problems, but through this turn of events a crash landing at Roswell was not one of them.
So, if you’ve ever seen the old images of the Grey alien corpses found at the crash site, and believed them to be genuine, and if you’ve ever seen images of then Princess Elizabeth in 1947, then you know what to visualize. I’ll go on record here and say that if you would like to supplement this chapter with any erotic fan fiction, I will not press charges. It has to be erotic though, just to be clear.
Anyway, as it turns out, in our timeline or theirs, this particular alien was the most cultured and civilized of the lot of them, making the crash landing in our universe that much more tragic. He wasn’t coming to abduct anyone or to do any probing, only to fall in love.
So, I think that about covers it for chapter three. I’ll move along now and get into the chapter called: TIMELINES
It is difficult to believe it a coincidence that the first time and place which Charles Reuben visited turned out to be the very same place where Jobe and Charles the Grey would meet centuries later.
Yet, if he had not done so, Charles the Grey would not have been given that name, nor heard the myth of The Interdimensional Coffeehouse, nor would he have learned Fathoms’ Numerals, which played such a key role in the development of The Interdimensional Coffeehouse.
Another thing which resulted from this was Charles Reuben’s ongoing obsession with that particular universe, a fairly close cousin of his own universe.
Mostly, it was the home of Blythe. Blythe interested him both as a unique and heroic individual, and as the source of The Claras’ faces, and original personalities.
Further, it was the home of his namesake Charles the Grey, and the universe where Charles the Grey had originally created The Interdimensional Coffeehouse, albeit within Jobe’s mysterious Rectangle, which was outside of spacetime.
As a result of Charles Reuben’s obsession, every aspiring Multiverse Cartographer learns the following timeline of that particular universe, as it was written in his journals, the journals which define Multiverse Cartography.
Some of the events listed are broadscale world-changing events, but most of them revolve around a few people in Blythe’s inner circle.
It is divided into two sections. First, there is “The Timeline Written in Stone.” These are the events which, according to Charles Reuben, had to happen in this particular way in order for The Interdimensional Coffeehouse to come into being. Given that it did, and is the very thing which is used to travel between universes, the timeline only occurs in one specific way for that universe.
The second part of the timeline he calls, “One Particular Timeline.” This was the timeline that he visited and became most familiar with, in which things unfolded after The Coffeehouse and The Claras were created.
The Timeline Written in Stone
1511 Henry IX is born healthy in Greenwich.
1604 Henry X commissions the first English Dictionary to be composed by Shakespeare. *
1776 The Round Table of 11 Royals, “The New World Empire” is established. “New York City” is renamed “New World Center.”
1861 Abraham Lincoln attempts a revolt and is executed. *
1938 Samuel Fathom is born in Las Vegas.
1947 A Reticulan lands at Roswell, meets Liz Windsor. *
1966 Samuel Fathom begins orbiting Venus, terraforming begins.
1978 Samuel clones himself, names the child Edward Fathom.
1993 Samuel Fathom dies.
2009 Anonymous Resistance begins wearing Lincoln masks.
2022 Edward Fathom dies.
Christopher Fathom (2018-2055), Fredrick Fathom (2043-2082).
2075 Fredrick Fathom automates the cloning process in orbit, Daniel (Doctor) Fathom is “born.”
2100 Pacifist Lincolns establish the first Free Worlds in the Dark Web, and New Ancient Land.
2106 Doctor Fathom lands on Venus.
2110 Son Fathom is “born” in orbit, automatically delivered to Doctor Fathom on the surface.
2112 All of The New World Empire’s labor is automated, save for government and law enforcement, the machines are overseen by the first Drones.
2118 The Lincolns send several Rebels to assist Doctor Fathom.
2119 The first Red Birds arrive on Venus.
2124 Doctor Fathom is missing, presumed dead. *
2125 The Lincolns alter Empire records, establishing the Venus project as strictly non-interference and confidential.
2168 Son Fathom dies.
Ben Fathom (2145-2190)
Lance Fathom (2170-2216)
2199 On Earth, Dronification becomes punishment for severe crimes.
Chance Fathom (2205-2255)
2219 Dronification becomes punishment for all crimes, Resistance becomes focused on freeing Drones.
Edgar Fathom (2240-2289)
Arthur Fathom (2275-2326)
2288 Free Worlds’ populations explode when many Drones are liberated by The Lincolns at once.
Joseph Fathom (2310-2359)
2316 Trigintasex is introduced to Arthur and Joseph Fathom. *
Carl Fathom (2345-2399), the last clone of Samuel Fathom.
2356 Venus becomes habitable, Joseph and Carl Fathom focus on agriculture.
2386 Elizabeth/Reticulan zygotes unfrozen in Las Vegas.
2390 First generation of 128 Human-Reticulan hybrids are left on Venus.
2390-2399 Carl Fathom teaches the Venusians English, and Fathoms’ Numerals.
2391 Teilhard of Anglesey is born.
2440 Jobe is born in Ashtaroot.
2455 Terraforming begins on Mars, Ganymede, and Titan. First White Birds commissioned.
2463 Teilhard and the Rebels arrive on Venus. *
2531 Charles the Grey is born in Theia Mons, Beta Regio.
2555 Jobe and Charles the Grey meet at Maxwell Montes. *
2562 Charles the Grey becomes a Lincoln.
2579 William VI is born, Earth population reaches 12 billion.
2624 Simon Schwartz is born in the abandoned subway tunnels under New World Center.
2627 Blythe is born in the NWC subways, her father John dies. Lucy is born in William VI’s White Bird.
2633 Baggit is born, NWC subways.
2634 Blythe witnesses her mom Joanne murdered by Red Birds.
2640 Rosalyn meets Yusuf of Hebrarabia.
2642 Blythe kills several Red Birds, is arrested, becomes Drone.
2650 Yusuf marries Tsar Titov II’s daughter Stasia, gives Rosalyn one of his White Birds to apologize.
2652 Charles the Grey orchestrates Blythe’s rescue.
2653 Jobe gives Charles the Grey The Rectangle, dies at Maxwell Mons.
2654 Simon Schwartz repairs a Red Bird, paints it blue, calls himself ‘Blue Bird Simon’.
2655 Rosalyn meets Red Bird David.
2656 Charles the Grey creates The Coffeehouse, Simon is arrested, “Eva” contacts Baggit, Charles the Grey and Blythe free Simon, The Claras are created. *
One Particular Timeline
2657 Simon meets David, David paints his Red Bird blue. *
2658 Lucy abducts Blythe.
2659 Many Red Birds defect, Baggit becomes Blue Bird general.
2660 The Blue Bird Army rescues Blythe, Baggit dies. *
2661 William VI dies.
2666 Blythe and the Blue Birds relocate to Venus.
2674 “Lucy’s War” begins, Blue Birds relocate to Ganymede.
2679 Blythe dies in battle on Ganymede. *
2684 All traces of The Resistance have been wiped out. The New World Empire rules over every breathable atmosphere and simulated world in the Solar System.
Okay, so that was a lot, I know. It’s unusual for the entire story to be summed up in the fourth chapter of a book, including the ending, but there is a method to my madness, I think. It’s not about the story, in the conventional sense of the word. It’s not about the plot. Moving forward, or backward, we’ll be peeking in to this timeline at various points, learning about various characters, some more than others.
As is stated in the beginning of the chapter, because The Interdimensional Coffeehouse is created in a particular way, as a result of particular circumstances, these things cannot be changed. We’ll get into a lot of those circumstances later, and some of the missing bits from “Smaller Mouse” which will help shed light on that as well. As a result, that particular universe, The New World Empire universe, cannot be changed. It’s like a sacred timeline, for those familiar with the Loki series, only in this case there’s no version of Kang at the end policing it but, rather, the existence of The Coffeehouse itself, and the fact that it is by way of The Coffeehouse that Multiverse Cartographers can visit this and any other world, those events have to lead up to the creation of The Coffeehouse. Those are the rules of time travel in this universe. You can change anything you want at any point in time in any other universe, or after the moment The Coffeehouse is created in The New World Empire universe, just not before. If you were to try, you would find that whatever you did only served to ensure that events would unfold in this way.
However, after the moment The Coffeehouse is created and, more specifically, after the moment that Simon Schwartz finishes his experience of Palace Three of New Ancient Land, duplicating The Coffeehouse 36 to the power of 16 times along with an exact replica of Blythe at 28 in 2656, and before you @ me, note that it was before her 29th birthday… after that moment, the timeline can be altered. This is depicted here visually in the timeline becoming a shade of lavender. In his lifetime, Charles Reuben never found a timeline where The Resistance was a success. However, implied in all this, perhaps a bit too subtly, is that you, oh aspiring Multiverse Cartographer, can still visit any time or place in the lavender part of the timeline and help things turn out differently.
So, in the previous chapters, we’ve touched upon a few of the events on the timeline: In 1511, Henry IX is born healthy, and in 1604 Henry X commissions the first English Dictionary to be composed by Shakespeare. In 1938, Samuel Fathom is born, and in 1966 begins terraforming Venus, remember with Reticulan technology. In 1947, the unnamed Reticulan lands at Roswell, and meets that universe’s doppelganger of then Princess Elizabeth Windsor.
Arthur mentioned his mentor, Edgar Fathom, who we now know was born in 2240 and died in 2289. Arthur Fathom was born in 2275, when Edgar was 35. Edgar died when Arthur was 14, and Joseph was born when Arthur was 35. That seems to be pretty much standard, the clones are generated every 35 years in orbit, then sent to the surface of Venus. A bit of brain drain has occurred over the generations by the time Arthur comes around, since he does not know they are cloned in orbit and thinks they might have been born on Earth.
Arthur dies when Joseph is 16, and Carl Fathom is Joseph’s apprentice. Since Joseph refuses to tell Carl about the human-alien hybrids, it must come as a surprise to Carl Fathom when they arrive on Venus in 2390, when Carl is 45. The hybrids who come to be called the Venusians are four years old when they arrive, so Carl Fathom, the last clone of Samuel Fathom, takes on a kind of parental role for that first generation of half-human half-Grey alien Venusians.
These things are implied if one stops to reflect, of course, but will go unnoticed if one reads it all very quickly expecting the author to do it all for them. That is, of course, until the author becomes frustrated that no one is doing that, and makes this video series on YouTube. Ah, crap, it just got meta again. Let’s get back into whatever the opposite of meta is.
So, it is noteworthy that Jobe is born in Ashtaroot. This is the ancient name of Tārūt Island, in the Persian Gulf just east of our Saudi Arabia, which is part of what is known in The New World Empire universe as “Greater Hebrarabia.” In The New World Empire universe, it is still known by this ancient name, Ashtaroot, which is another name for the goddess Ishtar.
Also noteworthy is the fact that Christopher Fathom is cloned in a space station orbiting Venus in 2018, and his predecessor Edward Fathom dies in 2022. This implies that Christopher Fathom was alone in that space station from the time he was four years old, likely relying a great deal on notes left behind by Samuel and Edward to understand who and what he was, and to continue the work of terraforming Venus.
There are other noteworthy elements in the timeline but, rest assured, we will be referring back to the timeline every so often as we move forward with the readings.
The Fathoms were originally inspired by a chapter added to the then developing story by Joseph Zabinski, who you might have noticed is credited as co-author of “The Multiverse Cartographer.” That chapter was called “Doctor Fathom,” who you can see on the timeline was the first Fathom, and indeed the first human, to step foot on the surface of Venus. Joining him later was the one he apparently named “Son.”
Joseph Zabinski was kind enough to recite that chapter for us, so we’ll be seeing him in the next episode of this series.