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Cosmic Horror, or Old News?

I think that one of my problems with Call of Cthulhu is that, while the idea that humanity has just appeared in an eyeblink of the universe, spinning away on our tiny little microdot-on-a-microdot planet may have been a realization to blast the mind in the 1920s, it's not exactly a newsflash to anybody around these days. We live in a society that thinks quantum uncertainty makes for funny jokes about cats and has mathematical formulae showing just exactly when the expansion of the universe overcame the ability of gravity to make it contract again. So far from being driven mad by the existence of Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Yog-Sothoth, I expect that at this stage we'd find it comforting to know for sure we aren't alone in the universe.

-The Gneech

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rhanlav
Jun. 16th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I hear Cthulhu and Schroedinger's Cat got in this fight one time about going to a sushi restaurant. Or maybe they didn't. I guess we won't know till we open the box.

Thats what I heard anyways.

--Salen
kesh
Jun. 16th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
The problem is finding out we aren't alone in the universe… and everything else either wants to eat us/experiment on us/use us for breeding stock/etc., or is just this primordial thing that destroys reality as we know it when it intersects with our world.
sirfox
Jun. 17th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
more that the folks in the Cthulhu mythos realize that we share the universe with beings that are to us what we are to, say, bacteria or maybe ants. Also knowing that they care about us in much the same way, if we are LUCKY. When we're not, they're a bored kid with a magnifying glass on a sunny day.
athelind
Jun. 16th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
The cynic in me wants to say that, sure, everyone's pretty much aware that the whole of human existence is naught but a tiny sliver if spacetime -- but look around you. Can you REALLY say that a significant proportion of the population hasn't gone batshit insane over that knowledge?

On the flip side, you might have fun with The Atrocity Archive, by Charles Stross, which takes some of HPL's ideas and runs with them into territory simultaneously plausible, disturbing, and funny.
galish
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.

Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
hossblacksilver
Jun. 17th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Only thing is, Kay was wrong
hossblacksilver
Jun. 17th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Do not meddle in the affairs of elder gods, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.
rhanlav
Jun. 17th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
How about...
The Collect Call of Cathuhlu?



Sorry, your icon made me go dig this up. This is part 1 by the way.

--Salen
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