Archive for January, 2008
Dust in fiction
- In JM Barrie‘s children’s novel Peter Pan (1911), “pixie dust” is a substance used to help make people who can’t already, fly.
- In Clark Ashton Smith‘s short horror story “The Treader In The Dust” (1935) , a scholar unwittingly calls forth a demon that personifies dustiness.
- In the Peanuts comic strip, the character Pig-Pen (1954) is constantly surrounded by a cloud of dust.
- In Arthur C. Clarke‘s A Fall of Moondust (1961), 21st century tourists “cruise” across the Moon’s “Seas” that have filled over eons with very fine dust, which is so fine that it almost behaves like water.
- In Hal Clement‘s short science fiction story “Dust Rag” (1965), two astronauts struggle with dust that stuck to their helmets, blinding them.
- In Philip Pullman‘s best-selling series His Dark Materials (1995), dust (or “Dust“, as it is spelled in the books) plays an important part by creating a connection between different worlds.
- In the TV comedy Little Britain (2003), Fat Fighters group leader Marjorie Dawes distinctively instructs the dieters to eat dust as it is “low in fat.”
- In “The Dust Has Landed“, an episode of Graham Duff‘s science-fiction radio comedy Nebulous, sentient dust declares war against humanity, forcing the reinvention of the vacuum cleaner.
- In Arthur Slade‘s Dust (2001), a stranger comes to the small town of Horshoe, promising rain. Children begin to disappear. Young adult fiction.
- In the science fiction series Babylon 5, Dust was a psychoactive illegal drug that enhanced latent telepathic abilities in non-humanoids, that often led to fatalities in both the user and “victim”.
- The fantasy fiction series His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman explores the interation of ‘Dust’, a substance which gathers on conscious beings, across universes.
Dust in religion
In ancient Sumerian mythology:
- The afterlife consists of the dreary “House of Dust and Darkness”.
In the Bible:
- By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. [Emphasis added]
- I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.
- Micah 7:17, “They shall lick dust like a serpent…”
- John 8:1-11 features Jesus “writing on the ground.” Many translators substitute “dust” for “ground”. This scripture provides the only witness of any writing by Jesus. The choice of dust as a medium for writing has created speculation as to what Jesus wrote.
Salami Of Flying Robots
Rocket From The Crisp
Peas Inform The Captain This Is A Pie-Jack
Guylian Punch Line
The Smartie Of Helicopters
Butthole Surf ‘n’ Turfers
Less Than Cake
The Jon Spencer Cous-Cous Explosion
Portraits Of The Pasta
Cephalic Chilli Con Carnage
The Death Of Her Honey
The Dillinger Escape Flan
Black Boned Angel Delight
His Hero Is Scone
Constant Pate Of Terror
Emerson, Cake And Parma Ham
Gauge Beans Nothing
From Ashes Rice
Light The Cheese And Bun
Chicken Chow Mainspring
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Breadcrumbs
I Ate Myself
The Promise Pringles
Butter Than A Thousand
Circle Of Bread Children
The Wu Tango Clan
Chewmans The Pies Of Microbones
The Lychee Lychee Bosstones
Rites Of Spring Onion
Queens Of The Stone Baked Pizza
Pie Vs. Pie
Thirty Second Helpings Until Armageddon
When Ghosts Use Knives And Forks
The Tuna St. Conspiracy
Jets To Brazil Nut
In Conference With Jackfruit
Flan Is The Mustard
Sage Against The Machine
Bacardi Breezer Resist
Training For Fruitopia
Dead Sea Fucking Rolls
Wolves Of Cheese
Wotsit Happens Next