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Some mentioned on Facebook that the photo above looks as if it was taken in Africa and they could imagine a leopard on one of the branches. Someone referred to CERN Zoo…
I assured them that it was taken today near where I live in Holland-on-Sea, Essex. But I do see the vague shape of a lion and its mane to the left of the tree and I wonder if this is one of the lions in Steve Duffy’s famous CERN Zoo story, ‘The Lion’s Den’…?
And, of course, embedded in the trunk of the tree in the previous photo to that one is an elephant…. (all photos are shown HERE in the actual post and in its subsequent ‘comments’)!
Very sad event yesterday, of course, but why did she enter the lion’s enclosure?
Cf The Lion’s Den by Steve Duffy
Cover design: Dean Harkness. Photo: DFL. Typesetting/Printing: Andrew Hook
The Cern Zoo Page:
STOP PRESS (12 June 2010): http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=2587.msg17452#new CERN ZOO in the final nominations for the BFS Award for best anthology.
CERN ZOO (June 2009)
24 original fictions telling of menageries, chalk giants, inky ghosts, collisions, devourings….Where our world will go when it needs helping to die.
Dead Speak – Jacqueline Seewald
Parker – Lesley Corina
Artis Eterne – Dominy Clements
The Last Mermaid – Brendan Connell
The Lion’s Den – Steve Duffy
Virtual Violence – Lyn Michaud
The Rude Man’s Menagerie – Daniel Ausema
Window To The Soul – Amy Kinmond
Salmon Widow – Tim Nickels
Pebbles – Tony Lovell
The Shadow’s Departure – Travis K. Weltman
Being Of Sound Mind – Roy Gray
Dear Doctor – Rod Hamon
Mellie’s Zoo – A. C. Wise
Turn The Crank – Lee Hughes
The Devourer of Dreams – Stephen Bacon
Just Another Day Down On The Farm – Robert Neilson
Strange Scenes From An Unfinished Film – Gary McMahon
Lion Friend – Rosalind Barden
The Ozymandias Site – A. J. Kirby
Cerne’s Zoo – Bob Lock
Sloth & Forgiveness – Geoff Lowe
City of Fashion – Mick Finlay
Fragment Of Life – Gary Fry
5 April 2009: Contracts were issued for 24 stories. Blogs already (a few hours later) marking this prospect: http://www.garymcmahon.com/2009/04/captain-nemonymous.html — http://stephenbacon.co.uk/2009/04/05/lightning-does-strike-twice-and-another-acceptance/ — http://www.acwise.net/?p=255
8 April 09: Another author blog: http://bobn-translation.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-was-at-irish-sf-convention-recently.html
12 April 09: All 24 proofs have now been agreed by authors. Polar Bear mauls woman at Zoo: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/04/12/2009-04-12_unbelievable_photo_polar_bear_mauls_woman_who_.html
30 April 2009: NEMONYMAL: Tim Nickels (Zencore and forthcoming Cern Zoo author): http://web.mac.com/paperback.studio/iWeb/Mizzlesoft/Nemonymal.html
5 May 2009: HERE is the ‘Cern Zoo’ cover!! Book has gone to the Printer!
21 May 09: Another author blog: http://leehugheswrites.blogspot.com/2009/05/thrillers-killers-n-chillers.html
12 June 09: BOOK PUBLISHED. Contributors’ Copies Posted.
14 June 09: Press Release on SFF Chronicles: http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/50938-nemonymous-9-published.html
15 June 09: http://rosalindbarden.com/index.html and Charles Tan News: http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/06/june-15-2009-links-and-plugs.html
16 June 09: There is a mystery embodied in this blog (http://grimreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/nemonymous-nine-cern-zoo.html) that is mysterious to the Cern Zoo editor/publisher, too! === Plus the very first comment by a paying reader: http://www.knibbworld.com/campbell-cgi/discus/show.cgi?tpc=1&post=28738#POST28738
19 June 09: Significant event in the history of Nemonymity: http://www.anonthology.com/ A case of Nemonymitation?— Author blog: http://brendanconnell.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/cern-zoo/
20 June 09: Lee Hughes (Cern Zoo author): http://leehugheswrites.blogspot.com/2009/06/fictionbitch-post-on-anonthology-and.html with more news on ANONthology. And: http://www.acwise.net/?p=296
3 July 09: Anonymous Fame: http://www.acwise.net/?p=301
6 July 09: I have it on good authority that this very zoo is the model for that in ‘The Lion’s Den’: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20090705/tuk-uk-britain-zoo-escape-fa6b408.html
2 July 09: First Review: http://matthewfryer.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/nemonymous-9-cern-zoo/ ”Cern Zoo is a banquet. A cornucopia of flavour and texture, of many courses and layers. Just beware of the cockroaches lurking in the salad.”
27 July 09: Charles Tan’s review: http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/07/bookmagazine-review-nemonymous-cern-zoo.html ”…the sheer number of stories, formats, and genres does emulate a form of literary zoo…”
9 August 09: A review by ‘the Author of Salmon Widow’: http://weirdmonger.blogdrive.com/archive/376.html
30 August 09: A review by SF Crowsnest: http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/books/2009/Cern-Zoo-Nemonymous-Nine-14183.php
27 September 09: A review from Steven Pirie: http://stevenpirie.blogspot.com/2009/09/cern-zoo-nemonymous-nine.html ”…provides excellent value for money at 265 pages with 24 short stories.”
27 September 09: A review from David Hebblethwaite: http://davidhblog.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/cern-zoo-nemonymous-nine-2009/ ”The stories in Cern Zoo are a nicely eclectic bunch; this is true not only of their subject matter, but also of their relationships to the anthology’s title.”
29 September 09: A review from ‘Fright’: http://www.fright.com/edge/CernZoo.htm ”…its contents are every bit as varied and unexpected as you might expect.”
14 October 09: I am pleased to report that what I consider to be a very good review of CERN ZOO has appeared in the latest ‘Black Static’ (i.e. issue 13) – a print magazine advertised here: www.ttapress.com
2 November 09: A review of ‘Cern Zoo’ by Nick Jackson
5 November 09: ‘Cern Zoo’ retrocaused itself?
5 November 09: A review by the Short Review: http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/CernZooAnthology.htm
7 November 09: A bird from the Cern Zoo attacks LHC with bread: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1225830/Hadron-Collider-breaks-thanks-bread-dropped-passing-bird.html
14 November 09: DFL’s own New Fanblade Fables linked from here: http://weirdmonger.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-fanblade-fables.html
23 November 09: CERN starts historic collisions: http://twitter.com/Nemonymity/favorites
25 November 09: Berne’s Zoo, Bern park, Switzerland: Bear mauls man: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/berne_zoo.htm – also see the earlier incident at Berlin Zoo. Photo like Cern Zoo cover. See ‘The Lion’s Den’ in Cern Zoo.
9 December 09: Tigers maul trainer in Hamburg Zoo: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8403686.stm
10 December 09: http://weirdmonger.livejournal.com/2009/12/10/ Now the Large Hadron Collider is picking up speed day after day, it is reflected in the sky above Norway. Many others hold this theory. Possibly significant that the cover photograph of CERN ZOO was taken by me in Norway last year.
11 December 09: A disturbing photograph but I can easily imagine this being a denizen of some of the Zoos in ‘Cern Zoo’ stories: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2009-12/germany-zoo-bears-struck-mystery-baldness
21 January 2010: The Lion’s Den fom Cern Zoo chosen for prestigious ‘Best of Year’s Horror’ book. Other ‘Cern Zoo’ writers are simultaneously released from their secrecy (if they so wish) prior to my official listing on 12 March 2010. I intend to show such denemonisations below.
21 January 2010: TURN THE CRANK
22 January 2010: BEING OF SOUND MIND
22 January 2010: THE OZYMANDIAS SITE
25 January 2010: THE RUDE MAN’S MENAGERIE
25 January 2010: CERNE’S ZOO
26 January 2010: THE DEVOURER OF DREAMS
26 January 2010: PEBBLES
28 January 2010: MELLIE’S ZOO
30 January 2010: ‘The Virtual Revolution’ on BBC2 tonight says World Wide Web was invented in CERN. Seems therefore a good name for the Internet: CERN Zoo?
25 February 2010: Sad case of Tilly the Whale: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/only_disconnect.htm
1 March 2010: FRAGMENT OF LIFE
1 March 2010: STRANGE SCENES FROM AN UNFINISHED FILM
11 March 2010: AUTHORS REVEALED EN MASSE FOR THE FIRST TIME: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cern_zoo_authors_denemonised.htm
11 March 2010: SALMON WIDOW
23 March 2010: Steve Duffy’s story ‘The Lion’s Den’ has been published in Ellen Datlow’s ‘Best Horror Of The Year’ book for 2009, and I have now been told that Lee Hughes’ “Turn The Crank” has an Honourable Mention in that book, and ’Cern Zoo’ as a whole receives favourable mention in the Summation section in the front of the book. In the said Summation, Dominy Clements, Tim Nickels, Lee Hughes and Steve Duffy receive a mention.
2 April 2010: Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he’s from the future: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/retrocausality_again_2.htm
19 May 2010: “Strange Scenes From An Unfinished Film” by Gary McMahon has been chosen for “The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror” (due out in October from Prime; editor Paula Guran).
EDIT (OCT/NOV 09): Link: HADRON COLLIDER’S OWN SABOTAGE FROM THE FUTURE – VIS-A-VIS ‘CERN ZOO’ plus bird with beget bread. AND NOW (Nov 25, 2009): BERNE ZOO INCIDENT AND NOW (10 Dec, 2009): NORWAY SPIRAL LIGHT.
This year’s `Guess The Author’ – and win immortality. Now with a retro-causal DIMENSION. (Edit: Nov 09)
Zencore = Cone Zero = Cern(e) Zoo
Brief reference to “A Vist To Cern Zoo” (a talk by S. Wimpenny, 4 Feb 1995): http://www-d0.fnal.gov/~gwatts/ud0/past_speakers.html
Uncovering the Particle Zoo:
http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/People/Theorists-en.html: Cern Zoo: The main specialty of theoretical physicists at CERN is trying to understand “elementary particles”, which are the fundamental constituents of the Universe and the agents of the basic forces of Nature, like gravity. As it turns out, our ever-advancing knowledge of these “elementary” little things is also the basis of our understanding of the Universe as a whole! If you made a short visit to CERN’s Theory Division you might think that you are in a zoo. But that is not *entirely* right. True enough, you will find women and men of dozens of nationalities, cultures, languages and what not… some of them may even look like ET. But what these people are doing is what defines our species in its ensemble: asking, and sometimes answering, some of the deepest questions. Thus the zoo is more like a circus of magicians, in which the performers – uncharacteristically – would insist in showing you their cards… and the entrance is free!
How The Techies Tamed The Cyber Zoo: http://www.spacemart.com/reports/How_the_techies_tamed_the_cyber_zoo_999.html
Particle Zoo Plush Toys: http://www.zimbio.com/CERN+Hadron+Collider/articles/21/Particle+Zoo+Plush+Toys
GalaxyZoo Forum: The Cern Rap: http://www.galaxyzooforum.org/index.php?topic=271966.0
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Zoocern Zoocern (intro by DFL)
The Last Mermaid
The Lion’s Den
The Rude Man’s Menagerie
Window To The Soul
The Shadow’s Departure
Being Of Sound Mind
Turn The Crank
The Devourer of Dreams
Just Another Day Down On The Farm
Strange Scenes From An Unfinished Film
The Ozymandias Site
Sloth & Forgiveness
City of Fashion
Fragment Of Life
Cone Zero (2008) – Authors Assigned To Their Stories
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People in UK need to go to a Swiss Clinic in order to end their life in an assisted way. Even so, it is still legally dubious whether anyone who travels there with you is then liable for offences when returning to the UK. I was wondering, when our own world is ready to die (and some believe this is overdue), perhaps it will need to visit the CERN Hadron Collider that is also in Switzerland!
And is it relevant that Switzerland was neutral in various wars?
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“Just finished CERN ZOO and I have to say I was blown hither and thither and eventually asunder by the many fascinating interpretations of that initial inscrutable (for me anyway) theme. Standouts had to be Artis Eterne, The Rude Man’s Menagerie, Salmon Widow, and Fragment Of Life (the latter falling just shy of perfection but for the author’s perhaps over-eagerness that the reader not miss the connection between the strange goings-on next door and Tim’s otherwise compelling descent into metaphysical madness).”
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Greetings fellow humans. I think one of you found me searching for Hadron Collider commentary. I think I have a much more sunny take than you all, but I’ll keep reading to find out. The end of science might just be the beginning of adult humanity. We’ll see. (I like science fine, it’s just that they don’t often stand back, these scientists, to breath often enough)
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