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OVO 12 Science (November 1991)

November 1991. 200 numbered copies. 60 pages, 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Black and white photocopy.

Feral Faun, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, the Anarchist Cookbook discredited, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, Doc Savage, Walter Alter, alien abduction.

Front Cover. The stylized atom graphic came from a company that made buttons. Statue of Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807 – 1873) at Stanford University after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

  • Thoughts on Experimentation by Feral Faun.
  • Lidznap and Resume by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. It is criminal that tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE continues to go unrecognized as the greatest mad scientist of our age, while many merely eccentric scientists achieve fame and fortune.
  • Recipes for Non-Survival by Esperanza Godot. This critical review of the Anarchist Cookbook continues to be ignored by the publishers and distributors of that book. A piece of American samizdat originally published in New Libertarian, Volume V, Number III, April 1988.
  • Excerpts from Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars by anonymous. This document was available as early as 1987 via a Fidonet BBS in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It was supposedly found on 7 July 1986 in the feeder tray of a photocopier bought second-hand from Boeing. Excerpts from this pamphlet were also published in William Cooper’s book Behold a Pale Horse in 1991, the same year as this issue of OVO. This document is a satire, presenting a fiction as truth in order to make a comment about society.
  • Bellowing Forth and Brandishing by Richard Ford. Computer generated cut-up poetry was a novelty (at least to me) in 1991. The text source is the fiction of Kenneth Robeson, a shared pen-name that Doc Savage magazine was attributed to.
  • Cursed Object by Trevor Blake. The text largely comes from an inversion of claims made in a paranormal magazine. Where the original advertisement read “I can make everyone love you,” I changed it to “I can make everyone hate you.” Some of the text is original, to make the inverted sections flow better and be more confusing and evil-sounding. The text is deliberately inconsistent; it claims to be both beneficial to the reader and harmful to the reader, to be both all-powerful and doomed. This text was available as a booklet to be given to people the buyer didn’t like: one person bought it and presumably gave it to their enemy. I hope they got their money’s worth.
  • The List of Recalibrations by Walter Alter. Little Wally’s Reader was sent to me on a 5.25″ floppy disc, a 1980s inspiration to move OVO to an electronic format.
  • A Pit Stop Along the Inward Journey by James V. Scianna.
  • Three Letters by Chris Gross. Interest and belief in alien abduction in 1991 had not reached the popularity it would in three years later with the success of The X-Files. Chris had a sense of humor about his strange experiences.

OVO is a collection of new works in the public domain edited and published by Trevor Blake since 1987. New issues are in progress.