Date: September 02 2013 7:01 PM Title: Chapter 42
""That was incredible, Dr. Thorp! This will be the most riveting issue-length story we've published, yet!! Although,...""
What a riotous way to end.
Author's Response: Well, I like to loosely tie all my stories, together. And, in one of my more serious wip's, I mentioned that Don Pietro had been assassinated in 1955. Epilogue 3 was just my way of slightly elaborating as to how! In the meantime; thank you for having the patience and fortitude to stick with me. It wasn't easy coming up with all that archaic slang! But, this was, after all, a salute to steampunk sci-fi. And, I wanted to be as authentic-sounding as possible!
Date: September 02 2013 3:20 PM Title: Chapter 42
So Bob stayed small for the rest of his life? at least he has a woman to look after him.
This has been a great story. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Author's Response: You are most welcome. :-) This is the first time one of my stories has ever reached the "100 reviews" mark. And, I thank _you_ for helping me achieve that goal!
Date: August 29 2013 12:35 AM Title: Chapter 41
Does Ronin have the same meaning in the 1980s DC Ronin Mini-series? (which I have but haven't read yet?) ie soldier of fortune.
Author's Response: Yes, indeed. In feudal Japan, it referred to any samurai without a master (i.e., daimyo or warlord). But, nowadays (as I understand it), it refers to a former Japanese politician who is now in-between jobs in the private sector.
Date: August 28 2013 3:20 PM Title: Chapter 41
Yeah! What about little Bob?
PS good thing one of the Japanese kids had a vision. had she not spoken up I suspect this story would have a much different ending.
Author's Response: Don't worry, Mr_G! I won't keep you (or Little Bob) hanging...too long. ;-)
Date: August 27 2013 3:07 PM Title: Chapter 40
You managed to surprise me. I thought the end of the story was many chapters away. Glad to see the bad guys defeated.
Author's Response: I decided to split up the two story lines, by making the Hopkins Expedition the focus of a sequel. Occurring simultaneous to this story, but much further west. It might be a while, though, before I post chapter 1 of that opus. In the meantime, there are one or two more chapters of this one, still to go. So, stay tuned! ;-)
Date: August 01 2013 4:00 PM Title: Chapter 38
Glad to see this story contiuned. Not so glad to see Bob shrunk to three inches tall. Sorry to see Theo Wisemann killed off. At least he died a hero. Wonder how they are going to get out of this one?
Author's Response: I haven't decided, yet. As for shrinking Mr. Gabriel? Sorry, dude: but, I just couldn't resist using it as a set-up for the "shishkabob" joke! :-D
Date: July 06 2013 12:51 AM Title: Chapter 35
obviously no relation to the lizard men from Tokk fought by the Fantastic Four on the Microworld of Dr Doom
Author's Response: Quite obviously. The tribal name is a fictional one. Coined from the Hindu words "naga" (meaning "snake") and "buru." The latter being what the Aptani people of NE India called what is now thought to have been a sub-continental species of monitor lizard related to Australia's Megalania. And which was, therefore, likewise hunted to extinction!
Date: July 06 2013 12:51 AM Title: Chapter 34
Meleusina. (Mel? You seen 'er?) Now you don't.
Author's Response: Good one! Although, as stated earlier, Meleusina is a genuine figure of medieval French folklore. The type that's supposed to be a fable about not jumping to hasty conclusions based on appearance, alone, etc.
Date: July 06 2013 12:48 AM Title: Chapter 31
Those Mellon-choly knights are back.
Author's Response: Good one! Although, please recall that Sir Melion was a Knight of the Round Table from genuine Arthurian mythology. I did not make up his back story, what-so-ever.