If every Dreen dies, the universe collapses, for all life and all matter
are sustained by Dreen idmaging.
--The Touchfinger Tabloids, Dreenschool curriculum
There will always be newspapers, always some crusty old publisher, or a
young publisher with crusty old ideas, who refuses to let go of the past. I
respect the past, the smoke-filled, bustling news offices and all that, but
I'm not a sentimental person. We crate a better future if we stay in touch
with our past, but I feel damned good about my electronic newspaper. It's my
base and conduit for creativity. No details yet, but I'm about to unleash a
technological breakthrough in this industry. And a related, but even more
astounding development will follow shortly.
--Lutt Hanson, Jr., an interview in his own Seattle Enquirer
Combining life forms has a long history of creating havoc.
We do not know why Hanson Junior collided with a Dreen ship. He claims
ignorance of Dreens. Nothing useful came from study of the wreak. We assume
a Dreen self-destructed to avoid capture. Hanson's ship will be released and
he will be watched.
--Zone Patrol day sheet. XEN-50: Major Captain
I wanna be president when I grow up. No! not of Daddy's company! I wanna
be president of the solar system!
--Lutt Hanson, Jr., at age ten
You Gee One--Phonetic for UG One, the underground (UD) terminal where
Lutt Hanson Senior's private tube train picks up passenger bound for his
subterranean offices and shops built in an old MX missile site.
--Atlas of the Powerful
Speed and efficiency have never been part of the Dreen psyche. Our high
technology is concentrated on travel through the Spirals into an
ever-changing universe. Ancient, unalterable Dreenor must remain a
regenerative nest. The Dreen watchworlds, "All things are possible," must
serve us always as a bulwark of conservatism.
--"Mugly the Elder", a Critique
Autopsies of these subjects reveal odd bodily variations. The are
attached to the skulls above and below by post and socket. The eyes swivel
one hundred and eighty degrees! In one position, they appear normal, but
when they are turned inward they present a blank gray surface. Movements is
controlled by pivot muscles of great elasticity. Our studies fail to explain
this. We do not rule out surgical or other medical intervention to create
these changes. The only broad suggests these oddities may confer mysterious
owners on the subjects.
--Zone Patrol report TS/Dreen
Who spies on the spies?
--Watchworld of Hanson Security
Try to control everything and you're soon juggling too many forces that
have their own momentum. It's like the Sorcerer's Apprentice problem. When
things break down into chaos, you don't have the right spell to keep
--Wisdom of the Raj Dood
Perhaps we have an unconscious desire to enter Time and scatter our seed.
This might explain the existence of Latents. How else could we Dreens harbor
such wildly unpredictable idmagers in hidden form?
When I was young we still could be our own selves--individuals. And
that's what I've always fought to be.
--Lutt Hanson, Sr.
Earther life was idmaged for symmetry according to the Dreen ideal, but
also with a discordant asymmetry. The symmetry of the eyes, two arms and two
legs conflicts with asymmetry: one side of the face different from the
other, one arm longer, one foot larger and so on. This can only be a source
of other discords as life seeks to find symmetry in the midst of asymmetry.
--The Habiba Commentary
Certain things I know innately, but I cannot explain the source of my
knowledge. I know there occurred in the seeding of this universe a Dreen who
might discover a way to conceal his thoughts from me. I have no way of
knowing whether his awful ability can be passed along to offspring. There
could be many Dreens with secret thoughts.
--The Habiba Commentary
Leaders must never set a bad example for those who follow. Otherwise, the
social compact dissolves and society descends into chaos.
The seven days in the Dreenor week are called Old Story Day, New Story
Day, Journey Day, Home Day, Rest Day, Marriage Day and Birth Day. Some
choose to follow this pattern in their lives but you may engage in any
permitted event on any day.
The list of matters I do not understand grows longer. My list may be far
more complex than that of any other Dreen. I must always weigh a wider range
of issues. Oh, the terrible burden of my ignorance!
Our first hint that something was amiss came with a sight trembling of
the insul-plat. This was followed immediately by two sharp quakes and the
eruption, which, luckily, occurred about ten klicks distant. From our
relatively elevated vantage, we saw everything in the red light of the lava
plume. The insul-plat split and buildings, people, everything, dropped onto
the inferno. Steam from the broken canals quickly hid the catastrophe but we
had seen enough. It was hideous.
--Eyewitness account, the Ragol catastrophe, Venus
Life, once freed of its creator's touch, may achieve its own destiny.
Every defense minister in the solar system knows the economic realities.
While robots can function well in some combat situations, human troops have
become easier and cheaper to replace. Under public pressure to preserve
human life, democracies use some robotroops, but the Chinese are under no
such restrictions. Their severe overpopulation makes the decision purely
economic. Because we cannot match them soldier for soldier, we must rely on
--From Officers' manual, French foreign Legion, NSC translation
There was this dumb ol' Okie drivin' across Texas and it took him the
months 'cause ever' time he saw one of those "Clean Restrooms ahead" sings
he stopped and he cleaned the restrooms.
--Story told by Lorna Subiyama
We do not deal with a situation such as yours in this department,
--Typical response of the French bureaucracy on Venus
Is there native dust on Venus or is it only substance of God's design?
--Sermon topic, Venusian archdiocese, Episcopal Church
You better damn well believe I'm a war correspondent! I've been right in
the middle of blood and dying and it wasn't fun!
--From an interview with Lorna Subiyama
From the outside, the ship looks kind of fancy but that hummer is big!
Big as a Legion warship and just as well protected. I mean, the Legion wants
its whores but it doesn't want them hurt.
--Eyewitness description Legion bordello, Venus
It never really gets dark on Venus. This is a war fought in murderous
orange. Night becomes a nostalgic memory and everything around you captures
the look of Hell.
--Lorna Subiyama, a story of Venus
Earthers place great store in their tools and other toys. Weapons
particularly are attractive to them even though experience has demonstrated
that weapons are just as perilous to the users as to anyone though of as
--The Habiba Commentary
Many of the lesser planets created by our great Storytellers experience
sewer and garbage problems. Dreen is more fortunate. Wastes are idmaged into
delectables. You will perfect this procedure in your present class. Adults
should not be expected to clean up after you all of your life.
--Proctor's presentation, Dreen elementary school
The arousal of prurient interest by this thinly disguised pornography
must be recognized by the courts as meeting the legal definition of
obscenity. Nothing about this display can be categorized as news.
--From a brief seeking as injunction against the Seattle Enquirer
Osey came running into my room and said, "So much for you meddling! He's
found a woman in that Legion cathouse."
--Memories of the Raj Dood
Chinese population controls of the last century contributed to this
crisis. With more than forty percent of their people over age sixty-five and
millions of one-child families, it was inevitable the new generation would
throw off restrictions and compete in the breeding arena. They were only
temporary delayed by a ratio of 3.4 males to every female, an imbalance due
mostly to earlier female infanticide. They met this by drastic measures such
as outlawing abortions, economic benefits for live births, forced female
immigration from neighbor countries, a law permitting divorce on grounds of
grounds of infertility, and Assignation Bureaus to spread pornography and
promote casual liaisons.
--"The Liebensraum Crisis," NSC analysis
The proliferation of cult movements in the latter half of the
twenty-first century set the stage for the technological refinements and
sophistication in the present runaway spread of such groups as the Raj Dood
following on Venus. That such blind manifestations display the corruption
and hypocrisy found in earlier cultish power center did not surprise your
--"Cults and Cultists," as article in Psychology Today
The Chinese on Venus want their enemies to believe they use only mindless
masses and can conquer by sheer numbers and rocket inundations. This
skillful propaganda is designed to undermine Legion morale. Anyone promoting
this viewpoint must be considered an enemy of France, Subject to the most
--Claude Speely DeCazeville, general commanding, Ninth Legion
When I contemplate the infinite, I see the vitality of Time. Our Spirals,
infinitely engaged, cannot touch all being and all substance. Those require
Time. If we ignore Time and accept infinity as our holy and unquestioned
right, then we are less than we might be. Is are lesson of Earth?
Woon is on the moon.
--Raj Dood incantation
Oh, see Ola! Oh, see Ola! Oh, see Ola!
--Morning aerbics chant, Spirit Glass factory
Upsy daisy, downsy daisy!
Kicksy daisy, Stampsy daisy!
Picksy daisy, stripsy daisy!
Tearsy daisy, Killsy daisy
--Children's chant from the childhood of Lutt Hanson, Jr.
Idmaging is not a singular process. Complexities encompass many
variations--one procedure for life forms, another for inanimate objects,
another for correcting mistakes. Variations must be infinite. In an infinite
universe, one does not impose limits on infinity.
Casualties were heavy, but names are being withheld pending notification
of the next of kin. Witnesses say the explosion took out the entire
northwest corner of the ZP base. Presumably, the blast and subsequently fire
also destroyed the mysterious alien spaceship reportedly being studied
there. ZP sources would neither confirm or deny this but National Security
censorship has been sought to suppress these accounts and the NSC has
refused to rule on this "blanket of science," reportedly acting on the
--From an Enquirer story
We never promised you fair!
We never promised you fun!
We only promised you blood
While gettin' the job done!
--ZP marching chant
We have Earthers to thank for insights into this phenomenon they call
unconscious behavior. Before Wemply's creation, such as a concept was never
applied to Dreen. Now, we are forced to admit the possibility that some of
our action are designed for ends we have not foreseen.
All volunteers for this mission to Seattle will receive double pay and
double time-in-service allotment. I remind you, this is for the honor of the
Legion and to protect one of our own! But we also are eager to acquire this
new device Mademoiselle D'Amato demonstrated.
--General Claude Speely DeCazeville, Private Order Number 50112
Our intelligence report from Venus make it clear the Legion is taking
increased interest in Lutt Hanson, Junior. I recommend a 24-hour watch on
him and we should get an agent into that shop of his adjoining the family
--Major Paula Captain, ZP Security Memo
While crediting the Raj Dood with saving him, Woon invoked "national
security reason" in refusing to give detail of the famed Venusian guru's
heroic exploit. Woon said he was held the entire time on the Moon in a tiny
cell without any human contact. The abduction, he accused, "was an act of
violence by hideous alien creatures too awful for me to describe".
--From the Seattle Enquirer
You have all seen these old John Wayne movies and I want you to use them
as a pattern. Each of you must be strong and silent in your Legion guise.
Silence will protect you. Strength will make you feared.
--Jongleur's instructions to his Dreen volunteers
Buy one hundred pounds of dried basil. Break it into one-pound packages.
Put five of them in my office. Send five more to my shop with orders that
Sam hold them. Put a package in each of our limos and send the balance to my
--Lutt Hanson, Jr., VODG memo to Enquirer comptroller
Are the fumes from this boiling pot not the headiest stuff you've ever
inhaled? Look at them jumping around after L.H's money and power!
--Raj Dood to Osceola
The Company has shut off all funds for the Vortaveler and we've used up
our draw on money paid for subscription to your Spiral News Service. Ade
Stuart says your special fund is empty. Our suppliers won't deliver unless
we pay cash. What now?
--Sam R. Kand, note to Lutt Hanson, Jr.
From her secret hideaway on the Meg, guarded by fanatical troopers of the
French Foreign Legion, Nishi D'Amato spoke of her hard life on Venus and the
fairy-tale beginnings of her relationship with Lutt Hanson, Jr.
--Lorna Subiyama's exclusive interview with N. D'Amato
Grand Old Party (GOP), formerly Republican party. A near-defunct
political entity with one seat in the Senate and two in the House during the
current session . The GOP has not offered a Presidential candidate in eighty
years, has not elected a governor in fifty.
--Driesen's Political Digest (Thirty-seventh Edition)
Your portable Speech Analyzer analyzes crowd reactions and your speech
content, telling you which points are most effective and providing
on-the-spot warning if you begin to lose contrl of your audience. Most
important, your PSA gives you an immediate corrective summary with which to
hold your audience.
--Instruction manual, Political Equipment Company, PSA Model 80147
Eighty-second amendment to the U.S. Constitution: abolishes the
Vise-Presidency, creates an elective chairman of the Senate and installs the
runner-up candidate as Chief Executive should incumbent die of natural
causes. The amendment's so-called "assassination barrier" provides for an
election should an incumbent die by violence, thus removing a motive for the
loser to kill the winner. It was argued that the Vice-President was a
ceremonial figure and the office attracted few candidates of high caliber.
--A history of the United States and Its Colonies, Sidmon Sons Publisher, New York and Jupiter
Politics has never been a science. It is an art form. Only those who are
not gifted with imagination can think of politics as a science, and their
"laws" always break down when the need for creativity arises. In fact, this
is the friction point between all science and all creativity.
--The art of Politics, By Sil Amil, Seminole Publications
There is reason to believe your mother may have changed your father's
medication without his knowing. I don't know whether you would want to use
this, but a case could be made that she hastened his end.
--Investigator's report, eyes-only, for L.H., Jr.
The engagement of Ms. Eola VanDyke to Lutt Hanson, Jr., was announced in
Spokane today by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percival S. VanDyke. No wedding
date has been set, but informed sources said the nuptial may occur in the
White House, depending on the outcome of Mr. Hanson's bud for the
--From the Spokane Breeze
Mme. Hanson will be taken to the island from Marseilles in a sealed
helicopter, unable to see out. Be certain she is not armed. She will be
guarded at all times en route. If the meetings with Mademoiselle D'Amato are
private, all conversations between the two must be recorded secretly.
--Special Order OE'B Number 30, French Foreign Legion
It is with extreme regret that I sever my long relationship with the
American Independence Party. At the same time, I consider myself fortunate
and I must say I am proud to declare my support for Lutt Hanson, Jr., and
the platform of the Grand Old Party. Recent developments have left me no
choice. The AIP, once the strong guardian of human rights, has become a
callous tool of the rich. We are fortunate that the GOP is here to pick up
the sacred torch.
--Gilperton Woon, formal announcement
I wish Wemply the Voyager had lived. I'd like to send him searching for
the bottom of the Sea of All Thing.
--Muttering of Habiba
Medical records available to us show Candidate Hanson has grown several
centimeters taller and gained at least seven kilos of weight in the past few
months. How does he explain this? does he suffer a dangerous hormone
imbalance? The public deserves a full clarification of this oddity.
--An opposition news release
In this position, the blade gun appears to be an ordinary short-bladed
pocket knife. Give the handle a half turn as shown, press the raised
decoration (number three on the diagram) and the blade shoots where it is
aimed--deadly within eight meters. The BG's automatic re-arm instantly puts
another projectile in place for seven more shots. Poison- or
anesthetic-injector blades are available. Blades, sold in cartons of 24, and
the knife handle are high-impact plastic. They will not trip a metal
--A brochure privately circulated to officials
There is a perfectly simple explanation for his calling her Nee-Nee and
her calling him Rill. Lovers always have pet names.
--The prefect's report
Never leave the Soother too long in contact with an extremely ill
patient. Soother not only take on characteristics of their patients but also
are deeply influenced by others with whom they come in mental contact during
the therapy period. For this reason, Soother application must occur when
there is only one sick mind within their range.
--Dreen text, for advanced education
The tests of Vortraveler II exceeded expectations. Orbited Venus in
eighteen seconds, to Mars in another twenty-seven seconds, returned in
twenty-two seconds. Total elapsed time one minute and seven seconds.
--Sam R. Kand's report
Great danger exists in the constant certainly that you have always made
Adult Males - Captives - 59 - Basil Addicts - 53
Adult Females - Captives - 46 - Basil Addicts - 37
Male Children - Captives - 0 - Basil Addicts - 0
Female Children - Captives - 0 - Basil Addicts - 0
Totals - Captives - 105 - Basil Addicts - 90
--"Dreen in Captivity," a Zone Patrol report
Life is full of decisions and there is no absolutely safe course. Reason
and logic often create only the illusion of safety.
--Earther aphorism, a Dreen collection
The extraordinary phenomena occurring around President Hanson's
assassination have been traced to an alien attack on Earth. The combined
military forces of our planet are repelling this infamous and underhanded
viciousness. No matter how long it takes, we will overcome.
--Acting U.S. President Jahoon Clanton