Our Lady of the Bloomenveldt   Leave a comment

Jem sent me some photos she’d squeezed in recently, but didn’t have the chance to write up.  As it happened, I’d recently re-read Norman Spinrad’s Child of Fortune, which I recommend to you at some point; and the size of some of the flowers in LEA15’s Gardens By the Bay reminded me of that book.  If you don’t get the context of the quotations, I suggest you buy the book.  It is fun, it is erotic, and it will make you think about what our society could be like if we tried out the social philosophy of Sunshine’s Second Starfaring Age.

“Vraiment, all present here do surely know that the spirit of Belshazaar, the raison d’être for your own presence on this planet, resides not in this grim gray city of lifeless glass and stone, but across the sea atop the mighty Bloomenwald, where the great flowers exude the psychotropic substances upon which your economic vie depends, and which is the sole fame of Belshazaar among the far-flung worlds of men!”…

“I stand before you as one who has wandered deeper into the Bloomenveldt than any human spirit may safely go, who has walked among the fabled Bloomenkinder, seen the legendary Perfumed Garden of floral perfection, lost my élan humain to the puissant flowers, been rescued therefrom by the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt, and returned to this very corner upon which I now stand to regale you, good citizens of Ciudad Pallas, with this mighty tale!”…

“Hearken therefore to the tale of the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt! Learn of the wonders and terrors and the true nature of the forest of unreason upon which the very life of this city depends!  Hear of the bodhis of the Bloomenveldt!  Cringe at the depths to which the human spirit may descend!  Glory at the power of the Word to bring that selfsame spirit back from the ancestral flowers to full sapient awareness!  Listen to the tale of the Pied Piper of the Bloomenveldt…and in the process become once more true Children of our species’ Fortune on the Yellow Brick Road from tropism and determinism to sovereign captaincy of the great arkologies and gallant Void Ships which have made us the masters of the stars!”…

Norman Spinrad, Child of Fortune, chapter 25

Spinrad, Norman. Child of fortune. New York: Ballantine, 1985. Print. ISBN (original):  0765301555.  ISBN-13:  9780765301550.  PS3569.P55 C47 1985.

See all photos, full-size, in the Flickr album

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Jem is wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 (Bento)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 3.5
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Ivory
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Quicksilver)
  • Hair: *TKW* (Tukinowaguma) Imelda, with tiara
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement hands; Maitreya feet
  • Nails: FORMANAILS Stiletto nails (SLink Casual, red/silver)
  • Dress and shoes: r2 A/D/E shun (blue) (available at current round of Collabor88)
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Elaine necklace (Jade); aisling Simple Bindi; FORMANAILS Scarabeus (SLink Casual)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow:  Vengeful Therads Seraphim (Vibrant Blue, Omega)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Sorcha (slot 20, Omega)
    • Lashes:  FATElashes v2.0

Photographed at Gardens By the Bay (LEA15)

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