2: The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads Editing…
3: Secrets Of The Springs Editing…
4: Metamorphosis Writing…
5: Invasion Of The Fire-Breathing Mososaurs
6: And Other Stories
8: The Fluorescent Planet
9: The Book Monster
10: Kisses Of Death
11: Planet Of The Dolls
13: The Hatching Of Katie
14: The War Ballerina
15: Going Pink
16: The Fourth Way
18: The Alien Wars
20: The Newest Heroes
Nathaniel, Darryl, and their Stuffians respond to a call for help from Dopla, planet of living vehicles (including spacecraft) with internal surfaces resembling flour-coated raw dough. They are being attacked by a metal robot capable of controlling the larger Dopla beings from the inside. The robot can also pass strong electrical currents between any two of its four limbs. It can use this electricity to wound, kill, or control (by passing electrical signals through the nervous system). Those zapped can in turn zap others while under the robot’s control. Through sheer willpower, Nathaniel turns this electricity back against the robot when he is being zapped. The encounter changes him and he is now able to channel electricity harmlessly in any amount.
From many planets are reports of horribly mutated plants and animals. Nathaniel, Darryl, and their Stuffians investigate and discover that a mad scientist is running experiments to perfect his mutagenic slime. He is served by mutants. He himself sits in a flying bubble, has a robot hand, a robot eye, and a split skull with his oozing brain poking out. From his brain stick out two control knobs, one for precision in thought and the other for thinking speed. The genius performs magic tricks, builds Rube-Goldberg machines, and protects his stuff with slider puzzle locks. He claims that arithmetic is below him and he uses a higher math. He repeatedly outsmarts the heroes, toying with them while they try to figure out how a smart person can be evil, finally deciding brains and morals have little to do with each other.
Among other things, the genius has invented smart juice, a drink that makes one permanently smarter. He has drunk so much that his brain has expanded and broken open his skull. To defeat such a genius, Nathaniel must drink some of the smart juice, but not too much. Darryl drinks too much and his head explodes, killing him. Nathaniel is luckier. From this point on, Nathaniel is smarter. Drinking another juice gives him long life and super healing.
23: No Mercy Left
Nathaniel and his Stuffians protect a village of large centipedes threatened by a three-eyed rat-bear with several horns wrapped asymmetrically around its head and partially fused with each other. Haticat and Fred are injured in the fighting, and Nathaniel has to sew their eyes and noses back on. There are veins of mildly explosive rock running under the surface. Strong vibrations can set them off and both sides use this to their advantage. The creature explains to Nathaniel the concept of mercy and Nathaniel spares its life. The creature then turns on him and Nathaniel requests mercy. He does not receive it and the creature explains that mercy is never guaranteed. Nathaniel defeats it again, only for the creature to beg for mercy again. He beats it repeatedly and he lets it go repeatedly. Finally he kills it in anger, answering its pleas by saying he has no mercy left.
The world’s plants are green, but the trees have orange bark. Most plants smell like pasta. Others smell like rubber, habanero, garlic, or fried chicken. The centipedes wear three backpacks or more. The explosive rock is made of microscopic springs held under compression by microscopic loops. Vibrations dislodge some of the loops, letting the springs rapidly extend, creating a chain reaction of still more vibrations.
24: Giant Worms
Giant worms infest a whole planet and eat up all the trees. They are as long as ten school busses. They prove difficult to exterminate. They are covered in a thick, black hide. They regenerate easily. They emit spores that dig into bark and break it up, before forming into larvae that predigest the wood for the giants. The spores will also dig into skin, clothes, and armor, making them very dangerous.
The people of the world are large crabs that run from right to left very fast. Their right sides have spines ending in pincers, as do the legs. They have two eyes on the left side. They are capable of dropping oil to slip pursuers, which is how they hunt – using themselves as bait to trick pursuing predators off cliffs.
25: Giant Oysters
On the planet Dahk, Nathaniel and his Stuffians stack stones in teetering towers on the beach, but soon there is an invasion of giant oysters. The “oysters” walk slowly on short legs emanating from the hinge while their shells point up. They shoot powerful streams of water or suck in air, liquefy it, and shoot streams of nitrogen to freeze and fracture enemies before eating them. The bivalves also carry diseases and Nathaniel develops a cough and sore throat.
26: Tourists In Time
Discovering a planet rich in time crystals, Captain Nathaniel and his crew decide to invent the time machine. The crystals naturally slow or speed time near them and some use them to move faster or to slow down enemies. Objects look blurry near them because of a “slow-shutter effect.” Because he is now a genius, Nathaniel realizes he can do more with them. They travel to the year 12345 when peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches grow on bioengineered trees and are picked by machines. They also visit several eras even further in the future. They are shocked to discover that on Earth, all the thinking is done by machines and Humans no longer have heads. Meanwhile, Ninos are so well protected they no longer need skin, and Hammer-Faces no longer have limbs. Afterwards, they travel to one second after god-entity Y created the universe (time crystals do not recognize an earlier time).
Nathaniel realizes that now that he can travel to times in history he knows are exciting, he never needs be bored again. From the future, they each get an anykey, a way of unlocking any door, and also money that automatically transforms into the surrounding currency of any time or place. They also upgrade to a cross-shaped spacecraft. Their beds are in the windows at the four ends.
27: More Giant Worms
Nathaniel and his Stuffians return to planet Fkoojy, but many years in the past. It then has trees. The giant worms invade and eat the trees. Nathaniel kills the worms and saves the trees, but has now changed history. In the past, the worms are only as long as three school busses. A few worms leave the planet by converting into rockets and heading towards the nearest wormhole, all of which they can sense at great distances.
28: The Anterine Dilemma
Nathaniel and his Stuffians respond to a call for help from a Human colony on the edge of the salt nebula that is being displaced by an invasion of ant-headed wolverines named Anterines. They drive “tanks” shaped like mug racks. The “pegs” are guns and soldiers stand on the lower platform. Talking with the Anterines, Nathaniel discovers that they have nowhere to go since their homeworld was overrun by giant bats. Since the Humans are from Earth and this is only one of many colonies, the Anterines thought it wouldn’t be so bad to take it. Talking to the giant bats, Nathaniel finds that they have nowhere to go since their homeworld was overrun by highly radioactive, armored hominids five centimeters tall. Talking to the tiny hominids, Nathaniel finds that they have nowhere to go since their homeworld was overrun by robots. The robots talk little. The robots want to take over as many worlds as possible and they want to fight Nathaniel.
The robots come in many forms (turtles, monkeys, rhinos) and have built-in machine guns, flame throwers, spiked boots, swords, and chainsaws. They are ruled by Allison. Since all of the races had taken their worlds by force in the distant past, it raises the question of how long it takes before something is considered theirs. Moral dilemmas ensue, but Nathaniel manages to forge an alliance of all the races to counter Allison’s army. In the end, Allison herself is killed.
Captain Nathaniel and his crew receive a distress call from a village threatened by an ogre. When they get there, the village is already destroyed, so they travel back to yesterday and wait. The ogre is immune to lasers. The ogre juggles swords and when Nathaniel kicks him in the belly, the belly grabs his foot and sucks him in. A wizard fires at the ogre with his magic staff, but it is immune to that too, so he fires at the rock under it, liquefying the rock just long enough for the ogre to sink and be trapped. The ogre does not take long to escape and the village is evacuated. Soon, the evacuees come to a wall of fire. The only way through is to open a portal that has a ten percent chance of collapsing with someone inside. The wizard can either open a portal for everyone at once, with a ten percent chance of everyone dying, or he can open a portal for one person at a time, with a virtual certainty that ten percent will die.
Eventually, ninety percent of them make it to Nathaniel’s ship, but the ogre catches Nathaniel and almost kills him. Nathaniel grabs a broken hose and sprays the ogre with antigravity fuel, causing him to suddenly fall upwards into the stratosphere to suffocate. As a reward, Nathaniel is granted the magic power of super speed from the wizard folk.
The villagers all know some rudimentary magic, enabling them to repel flies with orbiting wands or create scents that never mix, so that the beef stew smell won’t mix with the donut smell across the street. It is even possible to eat chicken covered in chocolate and never taste the two ingredients at the same time, making them edible. They cast spells with yo-yos while explaining that magic is nothing but advanced technology. They grow apricot trees, watermelon trees, and strawberry trees.
They befriend a Tyrannosaur with an oak tree growing from the back of his neck named Mr. Dinosaur. He tells them he once slept for so long that the tree grew into him. He snacks on the acorns. He also tells them that he has met them before on planet Iddhya, where they all died (except Mr. Dinosaur) fighting the giant worms. Nathaniel realizes that this must be his future.
30: The Bank Robbers
Responding to a call for help, Captain Nathaniel and his Stuffians chase down a gang of bank robbers who turn out to be Katie and her Stuffians. They fight. Nathaniel taps into an outlet and uses his conducting power to send a current down a railing to electrocute a Stuffian at the bottom of the stairs. Half of the gang is captured and half (including Katie) escape. Nathaniel adopts Katie’s attack-trained pet, a flying ray with an electrified tail.
Nathaniel and his crew notice that they forget things, but then remember them later. This is not normal forgetfulness. It is a novel concept for them to have information in their brains that they cannot retrieve. They figure out that it is caused by a pathogen native to the planet. Even when they cannot directly remember things, they can often remember remembering things. This is a big help as they continue to investigate and thwart Katie’s plans.
31: Kitchens Of Ranor
The planet Ranor is covered by one sprawling restaurant ruled by “The Chef.” He experiments with many flavors and creates complex dishes. Nathaniel visits and tries candy-coated Microraptors (other Dromaeosaurs), Sauropod eggs and steaks (sentient dinosaurs), and Human burgers. Once he is full, the staff captures him and prepares him for surgery. He is told that active Dromaeosaur saliva glands will be the special ingredient in The Chef’s next dish.
After an extended fight and chase scene wherein the staff uses something called a “horseradish ray” as a weapon (horseradish and its effects are a new thing to Nathaniel), Nathaniel learns The Chef’s grand plan: to make food so good that everyone will eat only on Ranor, putting even the Candy Wizards of planet Candy out of business. With everyone coming to Ranor, The Chef will have no shortage of people to use for food. He will then be able to take control of the local interstellar food web and ecology.
32: And More Giant Worms
On the planet Iddhya, the travelers meet past Mr. Dinosaur and fight the giant, tree-eating worms. By avoiding the situation described by the future Mr. Dinosaur, they avoid getting killed, thus changing history. The worms are seven school busses long and clearly descended from the ones on Fkoojy. Doctor Bill discovers that the worms communicate to each other in infrasound by moving gas bubbles through their guts.
At this point, the boys are beginning to wonder how it is that in such a large universe they meet Mr. Dinosaur, Allison, Katie, and the giant worms by chance so often. Nathaniel figures out that every time they time travel, they inadvertently send out causative ripples that subtly alter history to make such meetings more likely. Time travelers leaving from the same period will tend to run into each other. These same causative ripples also tend to cause them to land during interesting times – important turning points in history (at least potentially).
33: The Planet Fight
The boys have a run-in with some play pirates and they get into a fight. They are then invited to the planet Fight. The planet Fight is where beings from across the galaxy go to settle their differences with violence. It is surrounded by space battles. Many do not make it to the surface. Nathaniel, Haticat, Fred, Doctor Bill, and their pet electric ray visit and kill as many bad guys as they can. One of the pirates is a blob that can turn around in its own skin to bite any attacker. Another pirate is a giant, blunt-ended, armored, snake-like creature with two horns on its snout, the front one pointing down and the back one pointing up. Between the slits in the armor extend up to 100 thin legs and 4 wings. Clawed legs even extend from the eye sockets, nostrils, ears, and mouth. Haticat makes friends with one of the pirates, and they are told they are supposed to fight, to which Haticat responds, “I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.” Eventually they all become friends, leave the planet Fight, and go their separate ways.
34: The Opposite End Of The Universe
Nathaniel designs a faster overlight engine, allowing him to visit the opposite end of the universe. Physics is reversed here. Or is it merely reversed for them because of their mode of transport? They find an Earth-like planet. Land animals are bigger than sea animals. Arthropods are bigger than vertebrates (skeletal strength and gas diffusion work differently). Dinosaurs and whales are microscopic, monkeys are like bugs, rotifers are the size of seals, ants are the size of dogs, praying mantises are taller than Brachiosaurs, and mud dragons (Phylum Kinorhyncha) are absolutely gigantic. Only Nathaniel survives the mud dragon attack, but he simply travels back in time and rescues the others before they would have been killed.
35: Monster Of Dahk
The planet Dahk is home to yellow plants with bark that changes grey in the winter months and clear in the summer months. It is also home to swamp trilobites and sentient eagles. For many years the trees have been growing into monstrous shapes, resembling a monster with fangs, close-set eyes, and long, curling finger claws of alternating lengths. Other trees branch according to a particular number sequence. Lichen grows into strange patterns. Onion-like seeds display a maze map when cut open.
Nathaniel and his crew return to the planet long after defeating the giant oysters. They investigate and determine that the trees of Dahk are sentient and have been trying to send a warning. The trees communicate with one another telepathically, but communicate with animals only with great difficulty. Each tree is able to teleport once in a lifetime to any point in time and space. Trees from the future have landed in the distant past (as evidenced by carvings Fred has yet to make) to warn the others of a coming monster and his maze. Nathaniel must prevent disaster by escaping the maze, which he does not by navigating it, but by breaking down walls.
36: The Scary Allison
Ever since her death at the hands of Nathaniel, Allison’s loyal scientists have been working on bringing her back. Finally, they succeed, and with her help they continue to experiment in the hopes of discovering the means of giving them all immortality. Then one of the experiments escapes. A mutated, deranged clone of Allison even more evil and cruel than she breaks free from the laboratory, steals a ship, and hires a crew.
Joining forces with Nathaniel, Allison chases her clone to the desolate wastelands of a silicon-carbide planet with tar oceans and a methane atmosphere. There they are attacked from above by air-surfing hominids with organic boards attached to where their feet should be. They are taken inside what they thought was an abandoned space elevator, but turns out to be Allison’s clone’s ship. It finishes charging up in the planet’s magnetic field and folds itself up into a compact shape, the various sections connecting to each other through airlocks before breaking orbit. Inside, it has tight, zigzagging hallways and zero gravity.
The siblings eventually overpower the clone and kill her, but her regenerative abilities keep her alive. They are finally forced to cut her up into tiny pieces, boiling each separately and scattering them in orbit.
37: The Black Bees
Nathaniel and his crew land on the planet Vodufix, a world of extreme tides due to its nearby twin planet Ivvifix. It is also a world of venomous, bark-skinned cats, and the hyper-venomous and very fast black bees. The black bees swarm around animals and people alike, petrifying them and converting them into new hives in a matter of seconds. They never travel more than 112 meters from a hive, but their ability to rapidly create new hives from any meat that wanders in range means that their territory constantly changes. Haticat, Fred, Doctor Bill, and their pet ray are killed, but Nathaniel simply travels back in time to rescue them. Nearly surrounded by hives is the last known location of the knowledge cube, containing every fact about both Vodufix and Ivvifix. Nathaniel must use his super speed to get past the swarms, retrieve the knowledge cube, and run back to the ship. He calls Haticat and tells him to close the airlock door while he is still running. He leaps inside at the last second and the ship struggles under the weight of the swarm to take off.
38: Night And Day
The explorers land on a world of mobile, talking fruit. Some fruit species sleep the night and wake during the day. Other fruit species sleep the day and wake during the night. Neither is aware that time passes while they sleep and neither is aware the other exists as anything more than plants. They occasionally harvest each other for materials. Still, a delicate balance is achieved and these “sudden catastrophes” are rare. With the arrival of explorers, however, this balance is destroyed.
Before long, the explorers discover that there are other beings on the planet – beings that hibernate most of the time and do most of their activity while time stops for the rest of the universe, beings that travel the stars and explore whole galaxies in no time at all before returning home to sleep, beings that resemble rainbow-furred, twelve-legged opossums with compound ears. Only by removing time crystals from the time machine and combining them near a sleeping creature can they synchronize their time rates enough to communicate – and only on this strange planet, where time never quite stops as it does elsewhere, can this be done.
39: The Order Of Ninosa
To refine his fighting technique, Nathaniel joins the Order of Ninosa, practicing for many years while his Stuffians sleep at home. He learns much, including meditation, swordfighting, and how to refine his conductive power to store and even produce electricity himself. He is exposed to vapors that give him the ability to smell almost anything, including helium, carbon dioxide, and exotic radiation. He also learns how to put himself into suspended animation to survive cold, starvation, or dehydration. Most importantly, they teach him how to reincarnate. When he dies, he will be born as another species from among those he has met in the past, and his next body will have just enough time (keeping to sublight speeds) to arrive at the site of his death at the exact moment of his death. This way, his next body will be able to receive the fullness of his spirit, memories, and powers.
Nathaniel is ready for his final test. He lets go of his body and dies. Less than three seconds later, a five-year-old Nino walks in the door claiming to be Nathaniel. He tried to come earlier, but the nature of reincarnation does not allow one to meet oneself before the moment of death. The teacher is able to tell him that he has thirty-five lives, of which he is now on number two. Many get different numbers. He will be able to bring not only his memories to each new life, but several powers: super healing, long life, super intelligence, super speed, his electricity power, super smell, and suspended animation. He takes his Stuffians with him and leaves the planet in his new body.
40: Attack Of The Nose-Picking Snot-Eating Zombies
A contagion is spreading across several star systems, turning people into zombies that pick noses (of themselves or others) and eat snots (of themselves or others). Picking noses is an excellent way to spread the disease. Captain Nathaniel and his crew join others in fighting both the disease and the diseased.
41: The Planet With Two Names
A race of Squid Trees colonizes a planet on one side, slowly spreading to cover the surface and terraforming it to their liking. A race of Sulfur Amoebas colonizes the same planet, slowly spreading just underground and terraforming it to their liking. Several generations later, the two races discover each others’ technology and interference in the environment. Nathaniel must negotiate a treaty for them to share the planet. He is stunned when he learns they do not even call it by the same name, making writing the treaty difficult. This all takes place in his “past” and he changes history without realizing it.
42: A Different Ninosa
Captain Nathaniel and his crew return to present-day Ninosa. They are stunned to discover that events on the planet with two names sent ripple effects across the local part of the Milky Way, changing history as they know it. Every object is a sentient robot. The clouds are made of flocks of solar-powered, robot birds, ordered to provide shade. Several other things are different, too. Mr. Dinosaur is there, but does not recognize Nathaniel in his new body.
With Mr. Dinosaur’s help, Nathaniel and his Stuffians return to the past to undo what he had done, sabotaging his past navigation system so that his past self would never have landed on the world of Squid Trees and Sulfur Amoebas. Ninosa returns to normal.
43: The Slaveholders
44: Invasion Of The Frost Heaves
46: Crimes Against Time
Nathaniel is detained by police for speeding through the Ezznagg sector and told to pay the ticket immediately, but when the police discover that Nathaniel’s computer records the details of the law (speed, acceleration, direction, region) differently, they transfer him instead to the Bureau of Temporal Justice (BTJ) on planet T-Omega. The speed traps are creations of the time cops to catch those unaware of the law because they have somehow changed history, thereby changing the details of the law along with it.
While in custody, Nathaniel and his crew are told that there are already warrants out for their arrests and they are being charged with multiple counts of history change concerning events during the episodes: Genius, More Giant Worms, And More Giant Worms, The Planet With Two Names, A Different Ninosa, Asteroids, and Attack of The Mopheads. In addition, they are being charged with multiple counts emanating from a single act. Nathaniel argues that when he fought The Genius, he had never even heard of time travel and had no idea he was altering history simply by living his life in the present the way we all do. He argues that while he suspected he was changing history on Fkoojy, he had no idea such things were against the law or that time cops existed. He argues that on Iddhya he was doing nothing more than saving his life and he should not be expected to willingly die just to preserve the timeline. He argues that he has already fixed the mistakes he made on the planet with two names, albeit by changing his personal history. He argues that the events in the asteroid belt take place in “the future” (his, but not that of the BTJ) and there is no reason to expect him to know the official history there. He finally argues that he has never even been attacked by mopheads and that it is unjust to punish him for crimes he hasn’t yet committed – especially if he won’t ever be able to commit them if he is incarcerated. The cops argue that ignorance of history is no excuse and that even in fixing his mistake on the planet with two names, he did so sloppily. He was still supposed to land on the planet, but fail in his negotiations. Then the cops pile on additional charges for saving the lives of his crew thereby enabling his crew to also make numerous future changes to history.
In hearing after hearing, Nathaniel argues for temporal anarchy and questions who the BTJ is to decide the “correct” version of history. They talk in circles and he is literally unable to see why some acts are “obviously” right and others are “obviously” wrong. He tries to escape, but T-Omega has an unusual rotation, putting it in a no-paradox zone so that his future self cannot rescue him and he cannot rescue his past self. Not only does the planet spin on its axis, but the axis spins on an axis, which also spins on an axis, and so on. The motion of the ground is too hard to predict for a time traveler to land. Eventually, he and his crew escape during a prison riot by temporal anarchists.
47: Attack Of The Killer Balloon Monsters
48: Fire Ants From Space
Meteorites land on a distant planet. Cracking open, they reveal stacks of identical, rat-sized, paper-thin ant-creatures. Filling with air and water one-by-one, the creatures plump and begin to prowl for food. One starts a fire and lights both ends of all the others, which they use to ignite the forest. Nathaniel fights them off and finds himself in trouble with time cops patrolling the time period to see if anyone shows up to alter the event. These time cops are different. They do not have any record of Nathaniel. Also, it seems that events in the blurry jungle (previous episode Attack Of The Killer Balloon Monsters) have indirectly made them cannibals.
49: The Lava Game
50: The Ice Goblins
51: The Order Of The Copper Planet
52: Attack Of The Mopheads
53: The Stealth Forest
54: The Tickle Monster
55: The Candy Pirates
56: And Even More Giant Worms
Orbiting a star that spends half of its 18-year cycle with a relatively cool, solid, green surface, is a planet whose animal life hibernates during this time by turning mostly to stone. Just when most vulnerable, the giant worms (now as long as fifteen school busses) arrive to eat the world’s trees. Nathaniel wants to help, but he knows the time cops are watching and plotting to catch him. Fortunately, he has a plan of his own.
Captured by the time cops and placed in a no-paradox zone, his future self cannot help him escape – but his past self can. Having already set in motion a chain of events employing Mr. Dinosaur to alter Nathaniel’s past, he simply waits for a young Dromaeosaur that never joined the order of Ninosa to show up riding a cage-like piece of magic driftwood, complete with a force field to retain air during space travel, and covered in star barnacles. It is an arrival they never expected.
58: Return Of Evil
61: The Babymaker
65: Jumping Slugs
69: Planet Of The Telekons
71: My Pebble
78: The Accidental Invasion
79: Return Of Scary Allison
85: The War Mountain
89: Return Of The Tickle Monster
92: Dreamstar Nebula
93: And Then Even More Giant Worms
In the far future, the giant worms are thirty school busses long – or are they? The perspective cube allows objects to exist side-by-side of differing dimensionality. Some experience its surface as concave and some experience it as convex. Size is relative. The giant worms invade the perspective cube and eat up the trees. In the end, the cube is destroyed and the explosion rips open spacetime, sending worms of various sizes to different planets throughout the past, thus fulfilling the dimensions seen by Nathaniel in previous episodes.