The Fearsome Interocitor!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic


The secrets of the future are encoded in the past....

Submitted: March 03, 2018

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Have you ever experienced the cinematic pleasure of ‘This Island Earth’ ?  This fifties sci-fi classic is a must-see, however, if you harbor an aversion to shockingly monstrous gargantuan bipedal insectoids, viewer discretion is advised.

The name of the alien world in this maddening plummet into the otherworldly macabre is ‘Metaluna".  The ironic pith of this portmanteau nomenclature escaped me, at first, causing no small amount of consternation in my reeling brain.  In the so-called ‘information age’, many of us are familiar with metadata, yet who has ever heard of Metaluna?  It induced me to ponder - what would an inhabitant of Metaluna be known as…. a Metalunatic?

I had hitherto considered Arthur C. Clarke a writer possessed of considerable imaginative originality, yet the visionary genius of ‘This Island Earth’ has revealed to me that the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey was merely a hack, an unscrupulous plagiarist, a toiling staff-writer of B-movies to be exploited by Spin Doctor studio bosses for maximum box office proceeds; although, the inclusion of the term ‘odyssey’ in the title of the 1968 subliminal messaging media fad conspiracy is worthy of note.  It is my avowed declaration that films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey are hidden cloaked camouflaged deceitful extensions of the Thought Transference Chamber insidiously wielded by the consummate Monitor of the Metalunatic civilization for none other than the sinister purpose of blatant subversive mind control.

What, you ask, do I mean by my apparent aspersion upon a name which is passed about in cult circles as a revered personage?  Permit me to enlighten thee.  At the thrilling plot climax of This Island Earth (and this is an elegant measure of the brilliant poetic irony of this legendary saga) the much harangued beloved homeworld of the Metalunatics is mercilessly bombarded by the warmongering Zagons with fiery meteors until the alien planet Metaluna is heated to a critical temperature which causes it to condense and ignite into a nuclear fusion reactor of burning blinding radiance, a/k/a, a star.  MetaLUNA becomes a SUN!  Splendid plot twist!  Five stars!  

I invite my knowledgeable readers to consider the uncanny fact that Zagon is the name of a commune in the Covasna region of Romania, 92 miles or 148 kilometers north of Bucharest, the lore-steeped eastern European country’s capital city.  After its history-making launch in October of 1957, while orbiting Earth every 96 minutes, how many passes did Sputnik 1 make over Romania, and why?

I draw your attention to what happened to Jupiter (according to the questionable Clarke) when an array of inadequately defined monoliths allegedly sank into the Brobdingnagian gas planet’s core (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Of course, one must not forget the Forgotten Stones of the ancient Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek in Lebanon.

How many of us Earthlings (even with instruction manual included) could pass the monumental alien intelligence test of properly assembling the fantastically technologically advanced multifunctional atomic-power-driven machine identified in the epic groundbreaking motion picture This Island Earth as an ‘Interocitor’?

Among other brain-congealing feats of incomprehensible tactical tour-de-force, this mind-boggling alien contraption can disable a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star supersonic fighter-bomber jet, or remotely land the same formidable military aircraft, turning it a lovely shade of luminescent emerald green in the process.

To all those who have yet to witness firsthand the electrifying teleplay of ‘This Island Earth’, I strongly urge you to avail yourselves of the strategic advantages of the staggering technological achievements of the herein described revelatory futuristic pioneering philosophical magnum opus without further delay.


© Copyright 2018 Sean Terrence Best. All rights reserved.

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