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Roughly a thousand years after his death, the glittering civilization spawned from humanity will look upon his deeds with awe. And wonder how one man could possibly have achieved everything then attributed to his existence-- and yet remained a virtual unknown during his own time.
Those of us actually living in the 21st century can, of course, learn a bit more about Staute than our future counterparts.
Like the fact that a single man didn't accomplish all the things our future brethren will believe. For over the ages, two different 21st century men-- making use of the same name-- became inextricably linked through a series of extraordinary events and coincidences, to create the legacy which will seem so monumental a millennium later.
And yet, the results of their combined actions changed the fate of humanity so dramatically, that even splitting the credit between them barely diminishes the magnitude of their individual achievements.
Below is an illustrated index to accounts detailing the lives of these two men: accounts which sometime between now and the 31st century will be lost and forgotten, resulting in the bewildered amazement of untold future generations.
|The journals of Jerry Staute (a.k.a. 'Chance' Staute)||Reference notes on the life and times of 'Chance' Staute and Staute Prime|
|Crossroads||Young bespectacled geek Jerry Staute comes of age in a wild east Tennessee rural county where oftentimes anything goes|
Staute's full official name is Gerald Walter Staute.
|Another man will use the name "G.W. Staute" too-- only in his case as a pseudonym for authorship of certain works later in life: works which will gain him enormous fame in centuries to follow. As well as lead to some critically important confusion regarding the pseudonymous author and the supercar builder. This second G.W. Staute's acts during life will set into motion events millennia later which will prove vital to the survival of the human race. And involve the first and true G.W. Staute, largely by accident.||The supercar Staute and the pseudonymous G.W. Staute will eventually be distinguished by historians as Chance Staute and Staute Prime, respectively. The biggest difference between the two during their lifetimes will be that Staute Prime will succeed at making a fortune early on, compared to the never-ending financial struggles of the other.|
|A small slice of one young rural geek's life|
|Passages to a larger world|
|A teenage pressure cooker|
The original Shadowfast look
|How one struggling teenager met one wrecked Mustang|
|Of new best friends and old|
|Testing the limits|
|Pulling the tiger's tail|
|Fools rush in|
|So near, yet so far|
|The Talladega incident|
|To save my world|
The Shadowfast supercar driver logs; (the adventures of a real-life outlaw driver and his self-built supercar in 1970s America)
Heavily influenced by local racers, outlaws, friends, and family (as well as poverty), frustrated teen Jerry Staute pushes forward in some of the seemingly few avenues open to him for exploration and adventure: racing and automotive experimentation (among other things).
|Despite his poverty, Staute manages to transform his 1969 Mustang into a true supercar-- and himself into an expert driver-- who's surprisingly good at improvising on-the-fly (to the frequent dismay of his opponents).|
|Slip, sliding away|
|Too close for comfort|
|One small taste of Hell|
Supercar concept sketches #2
Supercar concept sketches #3
Supercar concept sketches #4
Supercar concept sketches #5
RARE SUPERCAR PHOTOS!
The Shadowfast super car project: Interior concept sketches
|A call to arms|
|The Daytona 1200|
The Shadowfast super car project
The poor man's supercar
Shadowfast and 1969 Shelby GT-350 comparison
|The spring break plot|
|Blue light special|
The evolution of Shadow's gadgetry
|Fast times at Sigma Chi|
|Too close to the bone|
|No good deed goes unpunished|
|Kissing the wall|
|When push came to shove|
|Shadowfast versus the tornados|
|Breaking up||The Chance of a Realtime (science fiction novel)
Jerry Staute is abducted by time travelers and spends months hopping across eternity and witnessing the technological wonders of the far future, before being returned home again with no memory of the events (he will regain the memories 18 years later). Staute is both kidnapped and returned in the year 1972-- being absent for only a few hours, so far as he or any of his fellow inhabitants of 1972 could tell.
|Staute's abduction takes place during the span otherwise documented in Breaking up.|
|Liars and traitors and bears||Prologue: Critical mass|
|Black and blue magic||Something different|
|Ring of fire||Learning the ropes|
|Over the edge||Drafted|| |
|Daytona 2.0: Between a Ferrari and a hard place||Navigator|
|What goes around...||Contact|
|Nowhere to go but up||The farthest reaches|
|Baptism by fire|
|The Moonshadow flying wing pilot logs||Staute decides to go airborne to seek his fortune, in an experimental craft he designs himself.||Putting a genie back in his bottle|
|Great balls of fire||Inner space wars|
|First flight||Sol mate|
|A whole lot of shaking going on||Fractures|
|Air command||Not to be|
|A ghost of a chance||A fantasy of chaos|
|Surgical strike||Descent into chaos|
|Playing with fire||Hell and the human spirit|
|The Orson Welles gambit||The terror|
|Moonshadow versus the Hornet||The taking of Amphitritium|
|Lights, guns, action||The siege of the seventh palace|
|The maiden of the mountains||The battle of Belphi station|
|In over my head||Me, myself, and a nano eye|
|Bad bad boy|
|Special solutions for special problems: Chance Staute's entrepreneurial case logs||Shaken but unbowed by the trauma of his most recent experiences, Staute returns to the skies with a vengeance in an all new aircraft.||Bright lights, hard vacuum|
|The Dart pilot logs||Return to origin|
|Lost and Found|
|The 'Chance' Staute fate-storm logs||Finally, after 18 long years, Staute regains the memories of his time-traveling jaunt-- and sets about collecting the spoils of his strategic victory over his kidnappers.||Staute Prime and the first immortal artificial intelligence|
|Shadowfast the living|
|Billions to one|
|The mystery sheriff gambit|
|Time enough for love...||2071 milestone: the best of Staute Prime's A.I.s is now the equivalent of a human pre-schooler-- who suddenly faces an adult serial killer.|
|The Pearsall saga
Thanks to Jerry Staute nearly single-handedly driving the Kerguelen out of Sol system and towards the galactic core, humanity survives several more centuries-- eventually allowing the intrepid space explorers of Al and Liz Pearsall to launch towards the core themselves, as but one team among many seeking to lay claim to the raw resource riches of the galaxy, and thereby acquire their own fortunes. But Staute's earlier vanquishing of the Kerguelen from Sol-- combined with the Pearsalls ultimately becoming the frontrunners in humanity's race to the core-- means the more successful the Pearsalls are, the closer they come to encountering the same threat Staute faced centuries before. Only this time the Kerguelen will be considerably further advanced, technology-wise.
|Of course, the Pearsalls will only have to worry about the Kerguelen if they make it past some other challenges first...|
|The Battle for Pearsalls' Grit (part one)|
|One man's adventures in the great beyond
All great runs must come to an end; and Jerry Staute had gotten just about the best run he could have asked for in life-- despite being desperately unhappy and stressed out during most of the span. For in dying he had also finally convinced the Kerguelen to give up Sol system to humanity, and head towards the galactic core. And best of all, Staute had managed this without humanity ever learning of the enormous danger it'd been in-- thereby also preserving the future timeline Staute had seen during his months onboard the time-traveling vessel Pagnew.
|But unfortunately for Staute, the eternal rest he so desperately craved was not to be. At least not from simply dying. For it turns out there is an afterlife after all-- at least for some of us.
And saving the world qualifies you for even bigger jobs...
|The Battle for Pearsalls' Grit (part two)|
|My first day in the afterlife||The rehabilitation of Al Pearsall|
|The fearless heart||For the love of Liz Pearsall|
|The Dreamtime||Crawlspace: gauntlet to the galactic core|
|Return to tomorrow|
|The heart of the beast|
|3000-3450: Some small progress in time warping/travel technology is made|