(Yes, that's me with the 'roo)
Hail and well met, Earthlings! I am called Doug of House Marshall. SpyglassRealms is the moniker I operate under in some form or another across the web nowadays, though several places (such as here) retain my old nethandle, WorldBuildersInc.
As for what I do in my spare time, well, it's in the name, mate
. I build worlds. I specialize in science fiction of most subgenres (particularly space-related), though I am known to dabble in fantasy as well. (I also make podcasts!)Individual Universes:Arcverse
(TEMPORARY HIATUS)The Diaspora
(EFFECTIVELY DISCONTINUED) Sphaeraverse
(INDEFINITE HIATUS) Kano
(EFFECTIVELY DISCONTINUED) Collab Projects: The Land of Crundle
with a number of contributors (PERPETUAL LIMBO)The Adventures of [REDACTED]
with a friend outside of dA (PRIVATE; RETCON HIATUS) The Avalon Chronicles
founded by myself and
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Favorite Quotes: "From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
- Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot
"The art of creating worlds and life of one's own is very old and is a common trait of many cultures. But it's also a very human thing that, deep down inside, we all want to create our own worlds and want to populate them with creatures of our own making. This can be as simple as having a neat house with your kid in it, but it can also be very complex if you have unlimited power -as you would in the realm of imagination. You could have anything you want. And that, I think, in an instinctive way, extends to the desire to make Nature in your own image. ...it's a very intuitive human thing to do this. We have a desire to see new life, and if we can't [find new life], we make it, and explore it."
- C. M. Kosemen
"A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course you can dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough...."
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
“Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree you can f*** off.”
- Richard Dawkins
“I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
- Neil Degrasse Tyson
Favourite Visual Artist
I watch people for a reason, you know! ;)
Interstellar, The Martian, Treasure Planet, Star Wars, Avatar (the alien one), Spaceballs, MPatHG, etc
Favourite TV Shows
COSMOS, A:TLA, Firefly, Round Planet, The Future Is Wild, BBC's The Hunt
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
GRIFFIN "BEATMASTER" MCELROY, Homestuck Music Team, Anberlin, Rise Against, Linkin Park, U2, Rush, etc.
Literally anything by Douglas Adams, Rick Riordan, or Carl Sagan, Amulet series (Kibushi), the Space Odyssey series (Clarke), Expedition (Barlowe), etc
Douglas Adams, Carl Sagan, Rick Riordan
TTRPG: D&D 5th Edition | Videogames: Minecraft, Godd Coward's Elder Scrolls V: Skrym
Tools of the Trade
Good ol' Paint.NET, recently experimenting with Krita, occasional traditional pencil media
TTRPGs, podcasts, astronomy, speculative biology, science in general