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Duotone

"You mortals don't realize how lucky you are to see the world in color," commented Satan. "Me and my kind, we see it as a duotone, all shades of a gloomy gray. But there's worse: Up There, they see all things only in black and white."

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Outtakes

Sometimes you feel like your life is a rough movie cut: every shot is badly framed, every scene too long, every line wrong, and none of the plot holding water. All mostly made of outtakes... And that's when you realize you're nowhere near the end.

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Plongée

The Dragon : easy. The three witches to follow, doable. The thirty armed skeletons... Some effort required. But now, I am looking down at the endless legions of Hell rising up for a friendly cameo, and I am running short of plans.

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Gel

"Only a Shabash computer can calculate the parameters for the shift into dual space fast enough to prevent it from altering the ship's atomic structure. One small mistake and you end up at the helm of twelve thousand tons of gel flying at half the speed of light."

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Actinism

"Young dragons these days… Billowing flames ranging from yellow to red aren't good enough for them. All they care for are stiff straight actinic beams without flourish, without panache. Functional, but ugly. Pah !"

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Lens

"A crystal ball? Yes, that does indeed work. It is basic optics: a lens, the ideal shape of which allows it to focus, not on what lies before it, but on what lies inside our own minds."

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Stunt

A dragon is only vulnerable from a close distance. As luck would have it, that's also when it is most dangerous. Thus, one must be ready for the riskiest stunts if one does not wish to end up as a crust overlay on a still glowing wall.

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Cut

On a ship like the Locust, a single cut in a gasket or fitting can cause death. So I triple-check them when I ferry passengers. I mean, a pilot who endangers himself, that's on him. But endangering passengers? No flying way.

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Rushes

"Unknown aliens launched simultaneous raids on three of our twelve colonies, in two different galaxies, and completely destroyed them. And those were only opportunistic rushes. Now do you think it is time to act, or should we let them coordinate further?"

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Exposition

Vous avez l'exposition longue, quand vous devez photographier des scènes sombres et statiques ; l'exposition courte, pour capturer un instant fugitif ; l'exposition négative, lorsque vous devez consigner des événements qui pourraient arriver mais ne l'ont pas fait.

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Zoetrope

"So, aliens would have built a rotating plate with a six kilometre radius, fitted with a wall fifteen hundred metres high with a slot every three thousand metres and painted with thwenty-five almost identical scenes?"
"Yes. Now imagine these aliens' size."

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Exposure

There's long exposure, for when you need to capture dark static scenes; short exposure, for when you have to catch a fleeting moment; and there's negative exposure, for when you need to record events that might happen but did not.

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Projector

This projector is a revolution. 3D ? Nothing so trivial, no: 4D ! When it projects an image, one does not simply see it as a volume; one also sees it in the past, present, and future - nearer or farther, depending on the focal, of course.

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Scene

Curiously, in the story of the princess, the prince and the dragon, the last sequence stops at the final happy scene between the prince and the princess. No one ever shows, on the other hand, the fifty tons of dead dragon rotting for months.

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Closeup

"Take a closeup of a quark, and you'll find it contains myriads of light dots; closer up, you'll see that these dots are galaxies and stars. What we don't know yet is whether the univers in the quark is also the one which contains it, or if it is another one."

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Wipe

"You do as you like, but a suit of armor is not the most sensible protection against a dragon. One puff of breathfire and you'll be entirely wiped out of existence; all that's left of you will be some melted metal with crunchy greasy stains."

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Tracking

"There's no way anyone could manage tracking the movement of a spaceship once it has entered the dual universe; even if you could watch along as it did, all of a sudden you'd have an infinity of tiny copies of it flying in all directions."

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Reel

"Why the long face?"
"I've just seen the Boss' schedule! He intends to get all done in six days only! And He hasn't invented days yet! I can see myself reel already!"

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Camera

"You really think that when a particle jumps from here to there in a quantum of time, this is due to the nature of your universe, when this is only due to a cam which, in the camera through which you see it, moves from one image to the next."

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Shot

"What do You mean when You say Your Creation is going to crunch like a deflated soufflé? Are You not almighty?"
"WELL I GAVE IT MY BEST SHOT BUT I'M ONLY DIVINE AFTER ALL."

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