October 27th, 2011


Schrodinger's Heroes: "French Military Victories" (1 of 4)

This is part of my activity for Asexual Awareness Week.

Schrodinger's Heroes is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and saving the world, set just outside of Waxahachie, Texas in the repurposed Superconducting Supercollider. This lends it very well to crossovers. You'll find it helpful to know the main characters and you can also browse the menu post.

Here is a podcast script crossover with the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Quinn, a member of the Schrodinger team, is a vampire of Belle Morte's line. Earlier fanon notes mentioned the tendency to write him as a vampire due to a t-shirt saying, "The sun is trying to kill me." Now Quinn's former master, Jean-Claude, wants permission to land a jet on the Teferact's airstrip. Quinn is not at all enthused by this. With Quinn when the phone rings is Pat, the social organizer for the Schrodinger team and one of Quinn's lovers.

French Military Victories, Part 1

[Pat and Quinn are in Pat's office, where Pat is working on his computer. Quinn's cell phone rings, the ringtone playing "Cold, Cold Toronto." ]

Quinn: "Bonjour. Quinn here."

Jean-Claude: "Bonjour, mon ami."

Quinn: "No."

Jean-Claude: "I beg your pardon? I have not even asked you a question yet, Quinn."

Quinn: "You never call unless you want something from me. Whatever you're about to ask, the answer is NO."

Jean-Claude: [Heavy sigh.] Very well then. I formally request your permission to land my jet on your airstrip."

Quinn: "No. A barren, sandy mountain of NO with cacti sprouting from the top."

Jean-Claude: "Quinn, childe of my making, be reasonable. There is a metaphysical emergency which we are trying very hard to avert."

Quinn: "I so don't care. I left St. Louis so I wouldn't have to care about your crisis-to-crisis lifestyle any more. You may be my old master, but that doesn't give you the right to swan into my life and ruin everything I've managed to make of it."

Jean-Claude: "Truly, Quinn, we would but touch down and be about our business--"

Quinn: "No, you wouldn't. You'd touch down and make a pass at the first female you laid eyes on, which would be Kay, who would probably shoot you on principle."

Jean-Claude: "We will bring with us our bodyguards."

Quinn: "No, you won't, because you aren't coming. And assuming you got past Kay, you would then make a pass at Alex, which would distract her from whatever quantum physical business she might be trying to manage at the time. Your petty little problems won't matter much if the manifold implodes."

Jean-Claude: "Are you still speaking English?"

[To be continued in Part 2 ...]


Nonsexual Intimacies (Part 4 of 5)

This series is part of my activity for Asexual Awareness Week.  Read Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 5.

Life Arrangements

This section concerns things that weave people's lives together. Many of them are medium or long-term aspects. Some can be short-term, but may have lasting results. These are often ways in which people express closeness with their family of choice, beyond their genetic relatives.

Letting someone drive your car. This involves trusting another person with an expensive piece of equipment that, for most folks, is vital to everyday function. There may also be insurance concerns. Usually this is reserved for family members or significant others. Occasionally, close friends may be allowed.

Sharing clothes, jewelry, other personal items. This is common between siblings or close female friends. Sometimes roommates do it too. Wearing someone else's shirt or bathrobe is typical in romantic relationships, so can suggest a similar level of intimacy even in the absence of sex.

Giving someone your password and/or asking them to post to your online account. Essentially you're trusting them to "be you" at least briefly, such as to post why you won't be online today if you are sick or your internet connection is down. A mistake here can wreck your online relationships or cost you an account. Most people reserve this level of trust for family members, lovers, or perhaps very close friends.

Sharing a bank account or other economic feature. Most often done in family, this can also involve professional partners or housemates. It requires a high level of trust with valuables, as a mistake can cause big long-term problems. But it's a good way to show reliance among family of choice or people who share a lot of activities and purchasing responsibilities.

Packing someone's bag(s) for a trip. This requires a detailed knowledge of the other person so you know the right things to put in it. Plus it involves handling someone's personal items. Getting there and finding something left out really sucks. Usually it's done by people who live together, in whatever arrangement.

Cleaning someone else's living space. This shows care and knowledge on the part of the cleaner, and trust on the part of the recipient. You have to know what NOT to throw away or move. It's typical of family members and roommates. Coworkers may clean each other's desk, office space, etc.

Living together. This is a big step, even if it's just for a little while. Housemates are in each other's pockets; it's hard to keep secrets. Family members and lovers often live together, but housemates who are family-of-choice form a category of their own. If you don't want a romantic partner, a permanent housemate is a good choice for someone to share your life with.

Raising a child together. While usually done by lovers who are the parents, this is sometimes done by other combinations of people. For instance, one parent might leave the other parent and connect (sexually or nonsexually) with a new partner. A woman might decide to have a child without involving the sire, but instead share childraising with housemates. Due to family tragedy, anyone might suddenly inherit a child from a relative. In any form, this is a long-term commitment to making a family that affects not just the adults but also the child(ren).

Schrodinger's Heroes: Evil!Schrodinger is ace too

This is part of my activity for Asexual Awareness Week.

Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and saving the Earth from hostile dimensions.  LOL_Heroes is a branch of the fandom that blends the show with LOLcats humor.  Some of this may make more sense if you're familiar with Melannen's characters and my characters.  See also the description of the unscreened episode "A Thorn in the Foot" which introduces the concept of white!Schrodinger in the context of evil.  The first batch of LOL_Heroes shows ace!Schrodinger in his customary black form.

Alex's cat Schrodinger, for whom the team and the show are named, is a neutered black male and thus effectively asexual in canon.  A popular alternate version of Schrodinger is an evil white cat -- sometimes just an ordinary cat, but often a sentient cat and sometimes an entropic wizard (as crossover with Diane Duane's Young Wizards  series).  Evil!Schrodinger is frequently portrayed as ace, occasionally as a studmuffin.

Now, asexuality -- like all other orientations -- has no bearing on morality.  Asexual characters can be of any alignment, just as sexual characters can.  Part of tolerance includes showing members of a minority across a wide range of roles.  So, aces can be villains too, as long as they're not stereotypical "being asexual makes you lonely and crazy" types.  Evil!Schrodinger is customarily portrayed as a complex character and a formidable opponent, rather akin to Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes fandom.  The LOL_Heroes panels of Evil!Schrodinger often highlight these complexities.  You can see full-size images in my "Evil Schrodinger Aces" scrapbook file.

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