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De Umbris Idearum was the fourteenth and final story in the anthology Burning with Optimism's Flames. It was written by Philip Purser-Hallard. It heavily featured the Remote and the character Imogen Tantry from the Bernice Summerfield short story Predating the Predators.

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Wailing's Lace, 2621: The Pope's xenotheologian, Monsignora Tantry, investigates disturbing reports of a force disrupting the delicate balance of religious politics in the habitat – a cult known only as the Remote...

California, 2012: Concerned by the behaviour of one of his students, Father Gerard Evangelista attends a sinister party at the Theatre of Memory – a party which is also, in a very real sense, a revival meeting.

London, 1584: The excommunicated heretic Giordano Bruno's sorcerous experiments yield some surprising results, and the discovery that he holds the Church’s very future in his hands.

The Eleven-Day Empire: Father Self of Faction Paradox sets his alarm clock, and considers an intervention which will touch the lives of three priests – and, incidentally, shape a millennium of history.


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