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“Extraction” page 8 has launched

“Extraction” page 8 has launched published on

The time has come to unleash the full power of SCIENCE:

I suppose we’ll find out next week whether or not SCIENCE is up to the task!

On an entirely different subject, I’ll be participating in a virtual queer media convention March 12-14. If that sound like your jam, check out the Rainbow Space Magic Con website for more information. Attendance is free!



“Extraction” page 7 is busting out the science

“Extraction” page 7 is busting out the science published on

Hmm, could our protagonists have found a solution that involves a solution? Examine the evidence:

Check back next week to find out if the results of the experiment support the hypothesis!



“Extraction” page 6 is in a tight squeeze

“Extraction” page 6 is in a tight squeeze published on

What do our protags have in mind to extract themselves? Let’s find out:

If you want to see all the pages posted thus far in one handy location, this is your link.

As I have mentioned before, one of the most important features of the Valley, at least as far as humans are concerned, is the high level of biodiversity that in turn enables the development of a great deal of medicinal technology. Anything that might dramatically alter a particular ecosystem could have major deleterious effects on access to medicinals, which means the humans have to be very careful regarding how their own actions impact the environment.

So when Razi says they can’t kill the yonge because it’s a keystone predator, what xe’s getting at is that it’s a species with a significant impact on the ecology despite a relatively small population size.

Check back next week to see if our protagonists manage to come up with a better plan than “explain complex ecosystem interactions to the yonge.”



“Extraction” page 5 seeks a secure hidey hole

“Extraction” page 5 seeks a secure hidey hole published on

Burrow into the new page here:

I know I’ve said this somewhere before, but Razi would be the person bleeding out in the middle of the street after getting hit by a bus, rasping out xer dying words: “I had right of way.”

So yes, yonges do not live in caves and you shouldn’t expect to see one there, but when you do you can be pretty sure it’s a very hungry yonge. This is likely to be a problem for you whether the yonge is supposed to be there or not.

Will our protagonists escape this pickle and/or jam? Is pickle jam even a thing, and if so, why?? Tune in next week for some answers to at least one of those questions!



“Extraction” page 4 hits the ground running

“Extraction” page 4 hits the ground running published on

Is it possible Razi was wrong about the safety of this endeavor??? Find out here:

[spoilery stuff to follow, so read first, then come back here]

Why yes, the creature our protagonists are currently fleeing from is indeed based partly on the star-nosed mole. This has less to do with wanting to incorporate mole-like characteristics per se, and more to do with making a dangerous animal look extremely ridiculous. Sort of like how a hippo is a killing machine but looks like, y’know, a hippo.

The yonge (for it is called a yonge) does have some mole features, most notably the predation of tasty critters it finds underground. Oops!

Check back next week to find out if it’s snack time.



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