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I don’t know how often I’ll get a chance to be topical at this blog. Let’s face it, my main M.O. is not to be a political pundit or a late-breaking news digest or a tech help forum; we’re dealing with fiction. And really out there fiction, for the most part, much of which bears an original copyright date of 1960 or earlier.

But right now in Iceland, a volcano is spewing ash into the sky and grounding European flights. At the exact same time (but over a century ago), Nemo and everyone aboard the Nautilus has slipped into a huge cavern which is actually the interior of an extinct volcano, and home to his personal coal mines, to be harvested (is this the correct context to use the word “smelted”?) as fuel for his submarine whenever he wishes.

I ask you to please indulge me if I seem a little overly-triumphant by this coincidence, but who knows when I’ll get another chance to be so… relevant.

By the way — whoever smelted, delted.

I’m just sayin’.

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The violence of these subterranean forces is constantly diminishing. Volcanoes were numerous in the world’s early days, but they’re becoming extinct one by one. The heat inside the earth is weakening, the temperature in the lower strata of our planet is declining appreciably each century, all this to our detriment, because that heat is life.”

— Professor Aronnax

…And in the void left by diminishing volcanic activity, we seem to be left with a whole lot of seismic activity. If Verne were alive today, I imagine he’d be pretty interested in our planet’s recent rash of large earthquakes.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part 2, anyone?

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