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Artifact from Budgeon by Howze: Baseball Battle for Earth

Artifact from Budgeon by Howze: Baseball Battle for Earth
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Published
Oct 06, 2019

Bludegeon by Thaddeus Howze is a fascinating short that describes a world in which Hurumharumps (pronounce this with as much phelgm as possible to impress them), aliens from another planet, have come to take over Planet Earth with the plan of taking humans as their servants.

<p>Hurumharumps appear in an “Arrival”-esque way. Hovering above NYC for 2 weeks before beginning communications.</p>

Hurumharumps appear in an “Arrival”-esque way. Hovering above NYC for 2 weeks before beginning communications.

Our narrator negotiates with them and proposes baseball as form of “battle.” Whoever wins, gets to control Earth. The best human baseball players in the world form a team, and the Hurumharumps form their own with the plan to play the game in one month’s time.

<p>The game will take place in 1 month at Yankee Stadium.</p>

The game will take place in 1 month at Yankee Stadium.

The Hurumharumps have their own form of servant who help clean them and prepare them for the games. They are described as “insectovoids.” Without giving too much away (no spoilers), these insectovoids turn out to play a significant role in the Hurumharump universe. I loved this story but there were no new baseball artifacts because they used the traditional baseball gear. I instead imagined an insectovoid and what the uniforms could look like for them.

<p>The insectovoids in their Hurumpharump fan gear</p>

The insectovoids in their Hurumpharump fan gear

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