By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The recent discovery of a new moon orbiting Pluto can only mean one thing: Welcome to Little Yuggoth.
The tiny moon found with the Hubble Space Telescope – called “P4” for now – brings the number of known Plutonian satellites to four.
Scientists are thinking this means some big discoveries for NASA’s New Horizons probe when it flies by Pluto in 2015. Discoveries like a bunch of Mi-Go or a certain fungi? Because, as any Lovecraft fan worth his salt knows, Lovecraft based Yuggoth on Pluto.
What will the moon be called, eventually? An unofficial Facebook poll of SPACE.com showed the name preferred by readers is “Mickey”. Which is, frankly, silly. We all know the moon should be called either “Cxaxukluth”, which is a hell of a lot better than “Mickey”, or the very appropriate “Akeley”. Even the most realistic contender for the name, “Cerberus”, pales next to other options such as “Tsathoggua”.
In any case, the discovery is the perfect excuse to dust off your copy of Fungi from Yuggoth:
This is the hour when moonstruck poets know
What fungi sprout in Yuggoth, and what scents
And tints of flowers fill Nithon’s continents,
Such as in no poor earthly garden blow.
Yet for each dream these winds to us convey,
A dozen more of ours they sweep away!
I would also recommend a look at Ann K. Schwader’s In The Yaddith Time, a collection of 36 sonnets which draw inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s Fungi. You can also read one of Schwader’s stories, published by yours truly Innsmouth Free Press, while you’re at it.