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May 13, 2019
Holy crap. It's the Ectozone's sixteenth birthday. Now I gotta worry about it borrowing my car and staying out late with strange boys. Okay, time to start practicing the "I'm not afraid to go to jail again if I have to" line.

News on the fourth Ghostbusters movie continues to dribble out: we know Finn Wolfhard, who's plays a central character in the 80's retro show Stranger Things is playing a role, as part of a family who's somehow involved in the events, but little else as of this writing. The possibility that he's a Spengler-Melnitz grandchild is one that intrigues me. The possibility that he's a Melnitz-Tully grandchild makes me want to throw up lose interest in this movie so fast my head spins. The third possibility that's been suggested is that he's relateed to Dana Barrett. Yawn.

The first possibility would tie the character of the late Harold Ramis into things in a way that would be crowd pleasing; the second would be doubling down on the absolute worst part of Ghostbusters 2, one that many fans and not even most licensees had any stomache for. The third is eye-rollingly boring and derivative. Chose wisely, Jason Reitman.

In more pleasant news, I hope, hey, here's this:

The Diamond Select figures of Ray and Venkman as seen in The Real Ghostbusters are finally here, and now I have all four! Diamond has already said that they're making more. I would think some version of Janine would have to be high on the list. I admit my dream figure would be of her in the RGB#22 flight suit, but the "Janine's Genie" suit (used in the Retro Action line) or the "Mister Sandman, Dream Me A Dream" suit or a "civilian" look would be more than acceptable. The pink flight suit...hell, I'd probably still buy it, but would complain about it.

After than, we're probably looking at ghosts. RGB Louis or Professor Dweeb I could pass on easily.

Oh, and hey, here's this, too:

Tales From The Ectozone: Kyrie Was Here, Part Four
1992--Timeline Year Ten
The mystery of Kyrie Wheatberry's fate has been answered. But she leaves behind a daughter seeking the answers behind her very existence: what combination of romance and tragedy lead Kyrie to live as a single mother an alien world?

This ends the story proper, but I do have one more dip into the well to kind of unify everything we've learned about Coda and Terchi's origins with their most recent adventures to date. The next story I have planned is a follow up to Coda and Terchi's Extreme Adventure, which should bring their story to a more definite resolution.

And then after that some stories with actual Ghostbusters in them!

--Fritz V. Baugh

April 16, 2019
Tales From The Ectozone: Kyrie Was Here, Part Three
1992--Timeline Year Ten
The Goblinchild has been revealed as the key to uncovering Kyrie's fate. But the kreen are on their trail, and can even the Archmage's power--compromised as it is by the ruined ectosphere of this cursed world--be enough to resist the song of Xorak?

--Fritz V. Baugh

February 3, 2019
Item 1:

So maybe you've already seen this:

I admit that it's a neat teaser, and if they're talking Summer 2020 it would suggest things have move pretty far along under the radar.

The movie is slated to be directed by Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman's son.

More here

But as is my way, I realize, I'm not really going to get very excited until it's practically here. I was skeptical about 2016 too until the promo photos of the flight suits and equipment started to come out.

I hope it's good, but simply cannot summon any expectation good or bad yet.

Item 2:

The first Diamond Select Real Ghostbusters figures are out: Egon, Winston, and Slimer.

I didn't get Slimer; the things are $25 a pop, and since Toys R Us is dead no cheaper versions without the diorama bits. More on the figures here

Item 3:

In part because of Kyrie Was Here, I've moved Fallagar, Styx, Coda and Terchi, and some of the characters from aformentioned story from the Spoilers page to a new page all their own

Item 4: Speaking of "Kyrie Was Here":

Tales From The Ectozone: Kyrie Was Here, Part Two
1992--Timeline Year Ten
Terchi finds himself trapped alone with the Goblinchild, and he may be closer to solving the mystery of Kyrie Wheatberry that he realizes.

--Fritz V. Baugh

January 1, 2019

Illustration by John Tobias, Rich Rankin, and Suzanne Dechnik

I have a new story for you, but it's something different. I'm releasing it under the "Tales From The Ectozone" label, because though it takes place in the Ectozone version of the Ghostbusters Universe, there is not a single Ghostbusters canon character in it. There are some familiar characters, who have been seen in stories such as The Zodiac Imperative, Enlightenment, and Coda and Terchi's Extreme Adventure, but it's not a Ghostbusters story. It's a little bit Dungeons and Dragons-ish if anything (Or maybe that should be Ghosts and Gargoyles...)

I was somewhat inspired in this experiment by Rosey "EGBFan" Collins and her brother Jake, who've been doing an EGB spin-off fan fic series The Riveras, which while it does usually feature at least one canon character in each episode, also spends a lot of time developing their own cast of original supporting characters.

Tales From The Ectozone: Kyrie Was Here, Part One
1992--Timeline Year Ten
On a hellish desert world inhabited by murderous insect-men, the Archmage Fallagar seeks answers to a mystery that has haunted him for many years. Finding those answers will involve a young halfling making his first journey from home, under the care of his uncle and a hulking hobgoblin--if they can survive their encounter with the savage kreen and their vicious "Goblinchild" that is...

I hope you'll give it a look, especially if you liked "Enlightenment" and "Coda and Terchi's Extreme Adventure"

--Fritz V. Baugh

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