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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Rocco would have gotten his information about Doctor Haas' hideout from Oswald (as seen on pages 300 and 311), of course.

When I was young, the United States engaged in the weirdest secret project in the world. Unlike the vast majority of secret projects, it took place in the open, with a great deal of fanfare, and it was even on the cover of Popular Mechanics several times. The big secret was "Project Jennifer," better known as the ship Glomar Explorer. The ship's real purpose was to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from three miles down on the floor of the ocean, for reasons which you'll discover if you care to dig into its history. I bring this up because the project's public face - the one which was on the cover of magazines and on television - was to mine for manganese nodules on the sea floor. When I found out - years later, after the Cold War - that the big mining project from my childhood had really been a secret government project, I felt rather let down. Instead of radical economics and science, it was just a failed bit of skullduggery.

I put the maganese mines in MoS as an homage to Glomar Explorer. There's no skullduggery here, though.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I couldn't me more pleased to offer you today's absolutely huge fan art update, with stuff from Jane Butterfield, Den Whitton, Rob Kelly, the Thulesse Mishi (who I think I saw playing at a folk music festival in '89) and Indigo and Matt Wagner. Go there now!

I wanted to mention also that if you've sent in fan art and want your web site linked next to your name, just email us and let us know and we'll add it (assuming you didn't include the website in your fan art email already.)