don't know who Felix Resilleserre is, or what Iemy is, or why anyone
might care, we suggest that you may do well to start with an excursion
to visit Felix's biography
possibly glance briefly at the Book of Iem
before reading further on this page.
The reports, or perhaps we should say essays, which
are linked to from this page were obtained from Dr. Johann
Schnarchhund of the Miskatonic University anthropology
Dr. Schnarchhund has very kindly consented to share what he
knows of recent events surrounding Felix and his family, and has
in fact provided the information in rather dramatic first person
"stories" or "episodes". We have presented them largely as
they came from him, with only light editing to bring the style a
little more into line with the rest of this website, and to
correct what seemed to be a few obvious errors.
In addition to the material regarding the ongoing events
surrounding Felix and his family, Dr. Schnarchhund has also
provided us with a rather surprising, and surprisingly complete,
description of Iemyscript,
about which we formerly had no information at all, as Felix left
no notes on it in his office.
Dr. Schnarchhund is currently our only contact with Felix and
his family; without the information he has so generously
provided we would have no idea what had become of Felix.
Of course, this also implies that we currently have no
independent verification of any of the reports from Dr.
Schnarchhund, which would not be of any concern, were it not the
case that he is known in some circles for his unusual sense of
humor as well as his love of reciting entertaining anecdotes
which occasionally turn out to have been heavily embellished if
not entirely fictitious. But we trust that in the
present case, Dr. Schnarchhund has kept his inventive urges
under control and provided us with purely factual
representations of ongoing events.
Explanatory Preface provided
by Professor Schnarchhund
And now, we present transcriptions of what text Professor Scharchhund
has been kind enough to provide us with to date:
Perhaps a few words of explanation are called for here. (And I
really will try to keep it to a few words!)
After Felix took off (so to speak) we were, all of us, left in a rather
bewildered state as to where he might have gone. My own ... research,
I suppose you'd call it ... led to a pretty outlandish conclusion, which
was that Felix and family had left the local environs in an ancient
starship, found buried in the desert sands of Africa. In fact I,
myself, didn't entirely believe it. But that has changed recently,
as a result of a discovery by my daughter, Taurina.
Taurina loves to talk (it runs in the family, I guess) and loves "old"
ways of doing things, and that led to her interest in ham radio.
She loves searching the short waves for distant signals buried in the
hiss, and loves using really "old" technology to communicate. In
fact, her room is filled with such stuff as hulking console radios
dating from the 1940's, mouldering cartons of vacuum tubes, and
... and I said I'd keep this to just a few words and it's
already gone past that. So let's get back on track here, and get
to The Radio.
Taurina often spends evenings at the university museum, helping with
preparation and conservation. Of course her particular interest is
in the old electronic gear (of which they have tons), and she spends a
lot of her time helping to classify and, occasionally, identify items
found in their basement warehouse, which seems to be filled with such
stuff. And so it happened that it was Taurina who came upon a very
dusty old crate labeled "Lot 51, Gridley Estate", and who first realized
its significance. In the crate, she found an incoherent mass of
vacuum tubes and wires and assorted additional paraphernalia which
nearly anyone else (such as me!) would have identified as a "Spare Parts
Bin, circa 1935". Taurina, however, apparently recognized this as
Jason Gridley's original radio. Don't ask me how she could
tell it was that, rather than, say, the debris from a trainwreck
involving an RCA delivery truck! In any case, since museums are
opposed to "restoring" things, which destroys their historical value,
and Taurina wanted a working model (the thing in the box had
been badly used, and most of its tubes were shot), she set about
duplicating the radio, tube by tube and wire by wire. Luckily
there are enough retroverts -- er, I mean enthusiasts -- out there who
still love vacuum tubes that she could obtain the necessary parts.
It took months, but it finally was done, and Taurina got to listen to
another kind of static. Since the radio was set up to receive on a
band nobody uses, there was, of course, nothing else to listen to.
I asked her what this radio did which was special, and she tried to
explain it, but I didn't get much out of what she said. She said
it operated below normal wavelengths, but when I asked if that meant it
was very low frequency, she said no. Then I asked if she meant it
was very high frequency, but she said no, that wasn't it, either
(followed by a long sigh). I then groped around in my memory for
any more words having to do with radio besides "wavelength" and
"frequency", and finally asked if it meant the radio operated below the
aether. She sighed some more, and said, "Dad, where have
you been since 1905? There isn't any aether. Just the same,
that's as good an explanation as any." So, I guess that means it's
a sub-aetheric radio -- whatever that means, if there's no aether!
But something bothered me about that, and maybe it's bothering you, too,
dear reader. If this sub-aetheric business is so special, why
doesn't anybody else know about it? Why aren't there modern
subaether sets available at K-mart? Taurina tried to explain that
to me, too, without much luck; I'm an anthropologist, not a radio
engineer, after all. First, it seems Gridley, who was an amateur,
never published the working principles of his radio, never patented it,
never did anything with it, in fact, except play around with it himself
and tell a few friends about it. (So how did Taurina know about
it, and recognize it for what it was? I didn't ask; I was already
too far into stuff I didn't understand.) And apparently nobody
else got lucky and stumbled across the subaether band during the old
"tube" days, and after transistors came along, nobody could
stumble across it. I kind of goggled at her at that -- I thought
transistors were better than tubes, so why would you need tubes for
this? Taurina explained: "No, Dad, you don't need tubes for
this -- tubes aren't magic". I didn't feel enlightened, and said
so -- she just said you needed tubes, didn't she? If you don't
need tubes, why couldn't people using transistor radios re-discover
this? The answer, as she gave it, was "You could build a Gridley
radio using transistors, but it would be harder than using tubes, and if
you were using transistors to start with you'd never stumble across it
by accident", as Gridley apparently had. She tried to explain why;
as far as I could tell it might have something to do with clipping in
the IF amp in transistor equipment, or maybe it doesn't; somewhere in
her discussion of reheterodyning the soft-limited IF signal with
partially unphased feedback modulated by multiple cross coupled pentodes
I got totally lost, and I still don't know how Gridley could have found
this thing even though none of the radio researchers after him ever got
a clue to its existence.
Though I was never close to Felix, Taurina was good friends with Isis,
and what I didn't know until Taurina explained all this is that Isis had
promised to get in touch with Taurina, if she could, when they got to
... wherever they were going. Of course, that was impossible; if
they went where I thought they were going, they'd be totally out of
radio range. And, indeed, Taurina had heard nothing from Isis
since the Big Disappearance.
That is, she had heard nothing, until she got her meticulously
constructed copy of the Gridley radio up and running. After a few
days of listening to weird static, she ran across something "at the top
of the dial" (her words!) that sounded like Morse. It was hard to
hear, very faint, and at the limit of the frequencies this radio could
receive, but she finally picked out "CQ ... CQ ... CQ ... IR ... IR ...
IR ... CQ TS ... CQ TS ... CQ TS". This, she thought, could only
be Isis Resillechat, calling for Taurina Schnarchhund!
And indeed it was.
The communiqués from Isis have been rather telegraphic, consequence of
the limited format of Morse code (though Taurina is hoping to get voice
communication working some time soon). I've taken the liberty of
fleshing them out a bit to produce the following essays, but other than
adding a bit of narration and interpolating a little conversation these
are very much as logged by Taurina.
-- Johann Schnarchhund
Takeoff -- aka Episode 1
Additional note: The native script of Iemy, as we
received it from Professor Schnarchhund, is described here.
The Shopping Trip, Part I -- aka
The Shopping Trip, Part II -- aka
The Shopping Trip, Part III -- aka
The Shopping Trip, Part IV -- aka
The Test Flight -- aka Episode 6
Back to Square 1 -- aka Episode 7
Back to Square 1: Contemplating the Cats -- aka Episode 8
Back to Square 1: Contact ... Part I -- aka Episode 9
Back to Square 1: Some Corridors and a Lot of Dust -- aka Episode 10
More to follow....
And an additional item, which is not really part of the main story:
In Which we First Encounter the Flederaal
[NB -- A more complete Iemy dictionary, including the
words we've encountered in the episode(s) of the Iemy papers, will be
posted here when I get the chance. -- editor]
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