Episode One Hundred And Nine – The survey team’s last contact filled me with elation… and dread.

The survey team's last contact filled me with elation ... and dread


The Temporal Survey team SHOULD have reported back by now. They SHOULD have been back a moment after they left. But they’re not, and while the standard dead-drop messages they left prove that they made it, they also give no sign that they ran into trouble.
Which means you need to send ANOTHER team back to see what happened to them, haul them out of trouble, and not screw up the timeline.

Xenoarchaeologists digging through alien trash find a still-working device from an ancient culture. It wants to serve its new masters, but there’s the little question of what that might mean in practice.

Ben rants about how difficult it is to build a trap that’ll last long enough to endanger someone exploring the ruins of your civilization, to the extent that it’s almost like everyone is working towards the same goal.

Humanity goes out there, finds horrifying stuff, and makes use of it; It’s just what they do.
The dread that comes along with it is really just a by-product.

When your best option is to miniaturise the rest of your team and inject them into your own body to keep them safe, you’ve got problems.
When you’re trying not to dies from your injuries, while your miniature team-mates battle the equally miniature causes of those injuries, you’ve all got problems.

The Antarctic survey team are on their way back, working along the chain of supply drops.
They’re making suspiciously good time for people on foot in a blizzard, and their reports are … kind of creepy.

Mapping out ruins is very much a part of archaeology, but according to the survey, those two rooms overlap, …

Doctor Who – The Beast Below


Event Horizon
Dead Space (game)
Dead Space (comic)

Ben Templesmith
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
30 Days Of Night (comic)

Warren Ellis

Ralph Steadman
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson


Eclipse Phase


Star Trek – The Doomsday Machine
Star Trek: The Motion Picture


Fred Saberhagen’s Beserkers

The Tri Tac Games Podcast / Gaming on the Frontier Xenoarchaeology In FTL-2448 Series
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Everybody Poops


H.P. Lovecraft

Fermi Paradox

Alien Resurrection
City of Lost Children

A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge

Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Cyberway, by Alan Dean Foster

Babylon 5: Thirdspace


Warhammer 40k

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkein

Fantastic Voyage

( I couldn’t resist ~ T. Jones )
(( you didn’t try ~ Craig ))

The Middleman – The Flying Fish Zombification


Questionable Content

Harlan Ellison



(Craig’s choice of filename “ElationAndDread” reminded me of this tripping little and even trippier video by The Correspondents ~ Ben)

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