floodmouse majored in history at Miskatonic State University, and now works for a really (B)-I-G corporation in a completely unrelated field. floodmouse studied history, and also T’ai Chi, because science fiction novelist Ursula K. LeGuin also studied those things. floodmouse hopes someday to write half as well as Ms. LeGuin, and post twice as many pictures of cats.
The young floodmouse came into accidental possession of a tattered paperback entitled “The Mysterious Island.” Passed through many hands in the library book swap, with yellowed pages and cover falling off, this book introduced floodmouse to the great Captain Nemo. Piloting the seas in his fabulous submersible, Captain Nemo was ready to declare war on the foolish monkeys who infested the land like locusts, using their technology only to destroy with ever-bigger guns. (At least, that’s the way floodmouse remembers it.)
Subsequently, floodmouse avidly consumed another small volume, “The Man Who Invented the Future: Jules Verne.” Written by Franz Born, this (nonfiction) story chronicles how nineteenth-century author Jules Verne foreshadowed not only the submarine, but many other scientific advances that would materialize in the next century. Notably, this is the only time the infant floodmouse ever remembers having voluntarily read a nonfiction book.
Thanks in part to these influences, floodmouse now sees popular culture through a lens of “how” and “what if.” “Fictionology” looks at books and movies with a view toward excavating marvels of the past, and predicting imaginary futures that
(may) have already come to pass.