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.
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.
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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- Author Philip Purser-Hallard previously mentioned Giordano Bruno in his short story A Hundred Words from a Civil War.
- Imogen has access to the Collection of Necessary Secrets. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet)
- Imogen recalls the "appallingly inhuman terror she faced on Murigen". (PROSE: Predating the Predators) She has learned that the creatures she encountered on Murigen were Mal'akh. (PROSE: The Book of the War et al)
- Imogen Tantry will become Pope Beatrix II. (PROSE: Predating the Predators, Unification Theory, A Hundred Words from a Civil War)
- Brown was taken to Anathema. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)
- Human contact with the Remote has been reported since the late 20th century. (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two)
- Father Self appears. (PROSE: Of the City of the Saved...)
- The Pope Beatrix II Memorial Library and Ivan G Ikigikato previously appeared in PROSE: Predating the Predators.