We’re now past all the real Isaac Asimov fanfiction content of this Mystery Science Theater 3000 fanfiction treatment of Johnny Pez’s “Safety First.” If you’d like to read the whole thing, every part should be at this link, sooner or later. We’re now into a miscellaneous bunch of shorts, all of them rants posted to various Usenet groups that drew my attention around the time that Pez published his Isaac Asimov fanfiction.
There isn’t much that needs explaining here. The Battlestar Galactica reference alludes to the opening credits of the original series, where the Cylons blow up a large floral decoration reading “PEACE”. The new or “good” series hadn’t yet started or, I think, been announced when I published this back in 2001. I don’t know, still haven’t caught it yet. Charlie Brown’s ZIP code is — arguably — 95472. There was a one-week sequence in September 1963 introducing a kid, 5, whose father had been broken by all the numbers intruding on life and changed the family name to the ZIP code. The room for argument is that we don’t know whether the family had just moved there or not. 5 never did much after that first week, although he’d make appearances in the background through to 1983(!). He’s the kid in the yellow shirt doing the weird head-sideways dance in A Charlie Brown Christmas. His sisters 3 and 4 are the ones in purple dancing next to him, also with a weird head-sideways movement. 5 also brings out the boom box for It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
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> >Newsgroups: sci.space.history
> >Date: 08 Aug 2001 07:17:19 GMT
CROW: 8-8-1. Very organized.
> >Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
TOM: Everyone who didn’t see *that* coming?
> >Subject: Past GALACTIC WARFARE in OUR Solar System !
JOEL: A love story.
> >Message-ID: <20010808031719…@ng-fq1.aol.com>
TOM: And monsters from the Message-ID.
> >Xref: rpi sci.space.history:85191
CROW: Isn’t that Charlie Brown’s ZIP code?
> The surface conditions on Venus and Mars,
CROW: Need work.
> the asteroid belt,
TOM: Is too tight. We should let it out a couple of notches.
> extreme tilt of Uranus’ axis,
JOEL: It’s not so extreme, it’s just way out there.
> the mess of Miranda,
TOM: The untidiness of Raoul.
> the strange orbit of
JOEL: The wacky antics of Donald and Daisy…
> etc., can all be summed up in two words:
TOM: Poor posture!
> GALACTIC WARFARE !
TOM: That was my next guess.
> "Update by Sheldan Nidle
CROW: For Meineke.
> for the Spiritual Hierarchy
> and the Galactic Federation
JOEL: And all the ships at sea! Flash!
> 6 Cimi, 9 Pop, 10 Caban
TOM: And two hardboiled eggs.
TOM: Make that three hardboiled eggs.
> (August 4, 2001):
TOM: Friendly suckers, aren’t they?
> We come with more interesting topics for our
CROW: Now, Fred, you be the annoyed wife who’s trying to get to work, and Carol, you be the determined meter reader who won’t go away and… go!
> As you know, many intriguing changes are taking place in your
JOEL: Until very recently the existence of Tom Green would have defied natural law.
> One item of particular interest involves our activities on
TOM: Did you see us waving?
> Over the past few galactic years,
CROW: We’ve been having astro-fun!
> we have been preparing the
> Martian surface and its atmosphere for a return
JOEL: Oh, they must want the deposit back.
> to its original
TOM: And then vacuum-seal it in a plastic bag and store it in a cool, dry location and in forty years sell it for a fortune!
> Further, we have also expanded our base on Venus
JOEL: By instituting protocol "Eat More Fudge."
> reactivated the electromagnetic qualities of her inner core.
CROW: It’s a sensitive coming-of-age tale in the inner solar system.
> these two worlds are examples of the extremes
TOM: Planetssss… EX-TREME! REME… reme… reme…
> often left behind by the
> galactic wars
JOEL: Was this before or after the Clone Wars?
> that long have ravaged this section of our galaxy.
TOM: We could really use a couple of Lensmen around to clean up the place.
> look, with great anticipation,
CROW: Through a high-powered telescope whenever you’re undressing.
> upon the grand peace brought about by
> your awakening.
JOEL: We have been disappointed by your snooze buttons.
> As a result of these events, your galaxy has been
TOM: So that’s why there’s that web of sticky stuff running from here to Vega.
> and a long period of peace and growth has begun.
CROW: But only if you stop picking at it.
> On Mars and on
JOEL: And with our franchise outlet in Esconaba.
> we are constructing a new memorial to peace
TOM: To replace the ones the Cylons blew up in the opening credits.
> to signify the
> arrival, at long last, of an unparalleled moment in our common
CROW: The very moment everyone realizes how overrated Stephen Spielberg is!
> To help you to better understand, let us examine the
> history of these worlds
TOM: And how they would have gone differently if the whole time England had been underwater.
> and our plans to correct it.
JOEL: Our plan is to travel back in time, move a can of beans from one shelf to another, and this will have ripple effects that blink the galactic wars out of existence.
> "Approximately one million years ago,
CROW: As of next Thursday.
> the dark forces of Anchara
JOEL: The dark forces of Anchorage?
> savagely invaded your solar system,
TOM: "Your" solar system? When we bought it it was "our" solar system.
> leaving Mars with a very thin
JOEL: It’s a small-boned atmosphere.
> and destroying her vast oceans, lakes and streams.
CROW: But her SeaWorld exhibits were left intact.
> And, by
> burning off Mars’ topsoil, these attacks left behind a planet totally
> inhospitable to life.
TOM: Frankly, we suspect the invaders were just being jerks.
> Any remaining life went underground
JOEL: That’s where the cooler jazz bars were anyway.
> and has
> stayed there, in its vast interconnected caverns,
CROW: Inspiring thousands of episodes of Star Trek…
> for nearly a million
TOM: Somebody should tell those guys it’s OK to come up now.
> Just beneath her surface lie the remnants of Mars’ formerly vast
> reserves of salt and fresh water,
JOEL: It was a vicious fight over Mars’s taffy mines!
> initially exploited by her dark
> conquerors for almost 100,000 years.
TOM: Then they moved on to Perrier.
> At that point, the forces of the
> Galactic Federation of Light
CROW: "Galactic Federation of Light, I’m here to read your meter."
> drove the dark invaders from your solar
JOEL: And they can’t come back because they should’ve arranged for a ride before they left. We are *not* operating Mom’s Galactic Taxi Service.
> Although we were initially appalled at the levels of
> destruction endured by your solar system,
TOM: It made for some really cool movies.
> the Main Federation Council,
> after some consultation,
JOEL: Declared the Klingons were way cooler than the Cardassians ever were.
> decreed that both Mars and Venus should remain
CROW: Which is good, since they weren’t going anywhere.
> in their current devastation as memorials to victims of the attacks
> upon your solar system’s four water worlds.
TOM: Starring Kevin Costner.
> "Only two water planets, Maldek and Mother Earth,
JOEL: Father Earth had nothing to do with it.
> retained their
> water atmosphere and life-giving topsoil.
CROW: So Mars and Venus would be fine if only somebody brought some sod there?
> Attacks on Venus severely
> distorted her electro-magnetic fields,
JOEL: Messing up TV reception all over the block.
> causing her to overheat
CROW: Should’ve checked the radiator fluid before they left.
> quickly turning her leftover, acrid atmosphere into a hot, vile
TOM: [ As a voice-over ] This is what poor self-esteem does to you.
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