The Cosmic Joke

X is an Irish ballad in which a hod-carrier born “with a love for the liquor”, falls from a ladder, breaks his skull, and is presumed dead. The mourners at his wake become rowdy, and spill whiskey over his corpse, which brings him back to life. Whiskey (from uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”) thus causes both his death and resurrection.

It is famous for providing the basis of Y’s famous final work, in which this comic resurrection is employed as a symbol of the universal cycle of life.

What are X and Y?

A Big Happy Family

X wrote the novels -Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life – which were sort of fictional biographies. In them he hypothesised, that the real meteorite (Y meteorite) which fell near Y, Yorkshire, England, on December 13, 1795, was radioactive and caused genetic mutations in the occupants of a passing coach. Many of their descendants were thus endowed with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good or evil deeds. The progeny of these travellers were purported to have been the real-life originals of fictionalised characters, both heroic and villainous, over the last few hundred years, such as Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, and Lord Peter Wimsey. This created the Y universe which was later expanded by X and other writers to include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sherlock Holmes, The Spider,James Bond, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, and even Star Trek.
 
This concept has been used as a unifying device by others such as Warren Ellis’s (Planetary), Alan Moore (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and in Tales of the Shadowmen edited by Jean-Marc Lofficier, using characters from French Literature.
 
X and Y please. 

Epunymous

Science Fiction author Reginald Bretnor using the pen name Grendel Briarton wrote a multi-year series “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand X!”, in which each installment was a short-short that ended in a horrific pun. X and the nature of the stories—detailed and tedious, yet ending in vaguely familiar catchphrases—may have been inspired by Walter Bagehot, a major literary and political figure from the late 1800s now fallen into obscurity.

X is now used to describe stories of this kind. Isaac Asimov was particularly notorious for these.
An example Death of a Foy

What is X?

In Soviet Russia…

Винни-Пух is a 1969 animated film by Soyuzmultfilm, directed by Fyodor Khitruk and is the first part of a trilogy.
This is the definitive version of X in Russia. When this was made, Russia was under the iron curtain and hence Khitruk never knew about the western version. This makes it delightfully different from its western adaptation. Major differences include:
•No humans.
•Backgrounds done in crayons
•The title character is not always happy and sometimes even gets snarky. And is brown and not orange.
•The bird is female.
• The most annoying character- the one who ruined everything -is absent.

Sadly some of these changes and some other creative differences caused the translator of the series to leave with only three shorts done when there could have been more.

What  am I talking about?

Aside

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X was originally a normal human called Nick Chopper. He kept losing limbs from an enchanted axe, but each time he lost a body part, he had it replaced with a prosthetic, thus finally becoming X.
This is an example of a philosophical paradox that raises the question- if an object has all its parts replaced, does it fundamentally remain the same.
The name of the paradox also lends its name to an acclaimed Indian indie movie.
Name the character and the paradox.

Walkie-Tolkien?

X Technologies, Inc., is a software company that provides data management and integration solutions. It has supplied its products to the US Intelligence Community and the Department of Defence, amongst others. Recently however, the infamous PRISM program (the clandestine electronic surveillance program allegedly operated by the NSA since 2007) was also credited to the same company.

This company takes its name from a little piece of LOTR trivia. It is named after the magical version of walkie-talkie present in The Lord of the Rings mythos, which looks like a spherical stone and works like a crystal ball. It is sometimes translated as “Seeing Stone” but literally means “Farsighted” or “One that Sees from Afar”. When one looks into a X, one can communicate with other such stones and anyone who might be looking into them; beings of great power can manipulate the stones to see virtually any part of the world.

What is X?

What’s in a Name?

When Latin was the language of scholarship, many scholars and scientists used to “Latinize” their names, adopting either translations or suffixes.
In the same manner(probably to spoof the practice),Charles Lutwidge Dodgson translated his first two names into Latin to get Carolus Lodovicus, then swapped the order of the names and re- anglicized them to get his pen name.
What is the pen name?

P_ _ _ _ _

Some facts about X:

1. Most shoplifted author in Britain
2. Has written two books a year on average since 1983
3. Was diagnosed with Alzhimer’s in 2007 and is now unable to write or type. He still churns out books by dictating or using speech recognition software
4. Made his own sword for his knighthood using meteorite iron
5. Loves orangutans

Id X.

Anybody?

 X is Latin for ____ , and also Greek for “I give what is due“. It is, moreover, the Latin rendering of Ancient Greek Outis , the pseudonym Odysseus employed to outwit the Cyclops Polyphemus.
X was the name of a few other fictional characters-

A seafaring Indian Prince

A Fish

The protagonist of the movie “ Mr. ____”, thus making his name ___ ___.

What is X?

Claim to Fame

Have you read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”? In it,the lunar colony is maintained by a High-optional, logical, multi-evaluating supervisor, which is affectionally called Mike by the hero. This is in reference to another character who is admittedly the more brilliant but lazy brother of a famous character from another franchise. He became the head of British intelligence in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and was called ‘M’ as a nod to Ian Fleming’s works. Who am I talking about?

Valentine’s Day Post

A was written by B where he explores the nature of love through thought experiments. In this he categorized love in four categories based in part on the four Greek words for love.

C stood for affection, fondness through familiarity among, say family members.

D stood for friendship.

E stood for romance. This was not so much about sexuality as it was about having an emotional connection with the other person.

F stood for unconditional love. It can also be seen as charity as its essence is self sacrifice.

Answer everything.

Swords and Souls

A and B are 2 wildly popular 3D fighting video games revolving around the demonic runeblades of the same names respectively. These swords “could have been” inspired by another sword wielded by the albinistic, antihero protagonist of a fantasy series of books. The author of the books received a song writing credit for the song C, inspired by the same sword, for the band D. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story about a troubled boy who loves the stories about the protagonist, and finds escape from the everyday world in them. The story was published in the short story collection Smoke and Mirrors.

Answer everything if you want to keep your soul!