Blasphemy in the Lensman Universe
Okay, I'm not sure it really is blasphemy; I don't know that Klono
or Noshabkeming object to the uses their names are put to. But it's
not scatology, and it's apparently not profanity (it seems to be
acceptable in polite company). But the word just means "irreverence",
and I don't think it's particularly reverent to use Klono that
way. Makes a good title, anyway. Especially since one of the unusual
things in the Lensman universe is the absence of religion (unlike the
the Skylark series, where the universe seems to be filled with
monotheists for some reason). And I don't think we ever hear anything
about any of the other "space gods".
One thing that I'm noticing is that Kinnison, at least, doesn't swear
by Klono in tense or sudden situations; it's when he's sitting and
thinking that it comes up. vanBuskirk does invoke Noshabkeming in
surprise sometimes, though.
I don't have access to electronic versions of the books, so the
details on this page will accumulate slowly, as I take the time to
read the books that carefully. (I'm not aware of any legal way to
get electronic copies of the books, other than scanning them
myself which is arguably legal as a format change on something I
already own legally.) And I may easily miss references; if you note
any please point them out.
Invocations of Space Gods
Loosely interpreted. When in doubt or I think the people interested
in "space gods" might be interested, I've included it.
Help, Noshabkeming, help!
Twelve days! Noshabkeming the
Noshabkeming does bring spacemen luck!
Holy Klono's claws!
A combination of Noshabkeming, some of the
gods of the ancient Greeks and Romans, all three of the Fates, and
quite a few other things as well.
...he had Klono's own gadolinium guts...
Why in all the nine hells of Valeria did he
have to be a Lensman?
By Klono and all his cubs...
Great Klono's tungsten teeth, could that
Klono's brazen hoofs and diamond-tipped
Got the teeth and claws of holy old Klono
himself—goes down your throat just like swallowing a cateagle.
Got to do it, pal, to keep 'em from calling
down the curse of Klono on me, but I'm going to do all my serious
drinking right here.
Klono's whiskers, Mac, where did you get that—and why?
Yes—but Klono's carballoy claws, chief, suppose they catch you
Children of the Lens
KLONO'S tungsten TEETH and CURVING CARBALLOY CLAWS!!!
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