German U-Boat Sinks Allied Ship, Willy Stöwer, 1916 (Library of Congress)
German U-Boat Sinks Allied Ship, Willy Stöwer, 1916 (Library of Congress)
German U-Boat Sinks Allied Ship, by Willy Stöwer, 1916 (Library of Congress)


The Strange Story of a German U-Boat Attack Survivor in WWI

Quite unexpectedly, I have been deluged with inquiries from around the globe about how the Lost Books of Quatria and the tales contained therein came into my possession. While I wish I could take full credit, I must admit that I was not the first to find the hidden way back to Quatria. It was, in fact, revealed to me via a 100 year old mystery, which in many ways is equally, if not more curious than that ancient lost world itself.

In 1916, a German U-boat sank a merchant marine ship flying Allied colors off the coast of Antarctica, somewhere between Elephant Island and Deception Island in the South Shetland Archipelago. It was believed that all souls aboard the ship had been lost, along with its cargo of food and medical supplies bound for the Western front. That is, until a lone survivor was recovered some two years later in 1918 on an unnamed tidal island just off the north-west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. …

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Dear Ms. Margaret E. Atwood,

I’m a young Canadian writer with a problem, and perhaps it’s something you’d be willing to take a look at. I noticed an article of yours here on Medium about mentoring young writers (from 2015), and the need for providing “cultural infrastructure” to help one another succeed.

I made a Twitter thread explaining the full context of the situation, and included a perhaps TMI level of detail at the link below.

Without rehashing the entire thing, here’s a quick summary:

  1. I’m an Anglophone writer in the Quebec City metro area who published a book on my own early this year. …

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Some product feedback in no particular order. (cc: Ev Williams)

  1. I was resistant at first to switch my profile from to but now I like it, as it has the effect of putting the author’s name first, before the platform’s.
  2. There’s a weird issue with how Medium post titles and subtitles show up in Google searches. I think an erroneous . is getting inserted automatically somehow between the title & subtitle.
  3. There’s something odd visually for me still about the post preview/snippet lengths or formatting or something… And the “Read More” link is too small a click target (desktop) and not inviting enough as an action. I want as a reader to dig in deeply on an author (like in old school blogging days), but still feel I’m being bounced off that page somehow visually, instead of pulled further and further into that author’s world. …

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  • According to NASA, there exists probable evidence of a great number of extraterrestrial oceans, which means there is a vast potential for life in outer space.
  • In most cases, these oceans are thought to be subsurface oceans, hidden beneath the often icy exterior of various satellites, moons, asteroids, planets, and exoplanets, such as Titan, Rhea, Titania, Oberon, Europa, Enceladus, Callisto, Ganymede, Triton, Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Sedna, Orcus, Gliese 1214 b, and Kepler-22b, among many other possible candidates.
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  • One such subsurface ocean also exists deep below Antarctica, and holds many secrets. It is thought to be accessible via an extremely deep chasm in Lake Vostok. …

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Unwelcome advice to Americans on their “Big Day” from Canada

While Americans are exclusively focused on which old white guy they want to rule them, I’d like to offer for posterity a modest proposal: abolish the executive branch entirely.

I know, I know, your sacred Constitution blah blah blah.

But hear me out: if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past four years, is that there is too much power concentrated in the Executive branch. And until it is completely dismantled, and the White House turned into a wax museum, we are just going to see this same cycle repeat infinitely. …

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How Crypto Can Prepare Us For the Fallout of American Politics

Whatever happens on Election Day 2020 in the United States, and after, it seems unlikely that we’re all going to end up living together in the same singular consensus reality.

Perhaps we’re already not all living in the same reality (especially those of us outside the US, who most certainly are not), but no matter what the outcome is, we’re almost certainly headed for what cryptocurrency people already know of as a “hard fork.”

As the venerable Investopedia explains:

“A hard fork (or hardfork), as it relates to blockchain technology, is a radical change to a network’s protocol that makes previously invalid blocks and transactions valid, or vice-versa. … Nodes of the newest version of a blockchain no longer accept the older version(s) of the blockchain; which creates a permanent divergence from the previous version of the blockchain… One path follows the new, upgraded blockchain, and the other path continues along the old path. Generally, after a short time, those on the old chain will realize that their version of the blockchain is outdated or irrelevant and quickly upgrade to the latest version.” …

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The short answer is yes — on Rarible.

Back in the early 2000’s, I experimented on eBay selling “intangible experiences.” I don’t remember much of the details nearly 20 years later, but I remember I sold a few before eBay shut it down as a rules violation.

The world just wasn’t ready.

Now that we live in crypto-future-land, though, it’s starting to look like the world is very much ready for intangible digital ownership.

What are NFTs?

Enter NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. NFTs are touted as being the basis for the emerging “digital collectible” market, and come in a few different flavors technically (depending on which Ethereum ERC version number they represent — but I won’t go into that here, try this). Suffice it to say, each NFT is a unique “thing,” which is what makes it “non-fungible” — it can’t necessarily be exchanged 1:1 with another unit. …

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How come these unusual structures exist all around the globe?

  • Star forts are also known as stellar forts, and are very important in Quatrian myth & legend.
  • They were built in the shape of stars to mirror the stars they were named after.
  • Many say that star forts, due to their association with imperial Pentarch occupying armies, are Pentarch in origin, but this is simply untrue. Their origins go much deeper.
  • Star forts were generally built on places that naturally made good fortifications.
  • Often there would be successive generations of forts built on top of one another.
  • Their shape was advantageous in defending against assaulting forces and their projectile technologies, enabling open fields of fire against invaders. …

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There has been a great deal of press this week regarding Pope Francis’ declaration in a documentary endorsing civil unions for gay couples.

Some are calling it an “important step,” which in one sense may be true — i.e., in the sense of gradually updating a hopelessly out of date institution. In another sense, however, this whole thing is a bit of a smokescreen.

To explain why I think so (apart from the fact that LGBT people have been struggling in the US for civil union rights at least since the 1970's — making this not “new” at all), let’s first look at what Francis is quoted as having said, via…

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Separating Facts From Fiction About Strange Alien Visitors From Above

  • People have seen mysterious air ships and vessels in the sky since time immemorial.
  • It has even been argued that certain prehistoric cave paintings actually depict so-called cloud ships (as well as a prehistoric map to Antarctica, among other marvels).
  • However, the first recognized recorded references to cloud ships are from Medieval Europe, in both paintings and parchments describing encounters with denizens of the aerial realms who would raid the human lands beneath.
  • They called those realms Magonia, or the Field(s) of the Sky-Lord(s), after the Italian “mago” for field, and the suffix “-ia” for belonging to or of God.
  • The ufologist Jacques Vallee who was the inspiration for a character in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” wrote a book called Passport to Magonia where he tried to draw the connection between modern UFO encounters and medieval and ancient encounters with these mysterious entities. …


Timothy S. Boucher

Canadian Author & Historian of Quatria

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