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Thanks for this. I ordered several of his books yesterday-- they'd been on my immense to-read list for a while. I think I need to add Heat of Fusion to the purchase.

_Heat of Fusion_, I forgot to say, also has "Erase/Record/Play," first published in _Starlight 1_ which is *also* itself worth the price of purchase.

So, yes, you do. =>

Mmmph. Buy-back offer added to the main post.

Heh. Are you making that offer for all of his books? 'Cause I bought six. :)

No, just this specific one that I'm pimping. =>

Also! (meaning: pretty much unrelated) I remembered the amazon widget you recommended and am adding all the books I ordered to LibraryThing. This is pretty nifty! All I have to do is change tags, once they arrive! (It would have been even cleverer if I had remembered *at the time* I was ordering, but, ya know, it's not like there won't be another occasion for me to use it.)


I just picked my copy of this off the shelf tonight, in response to one of elisem's posts. I was lucky enough to get it signed at Noreascon 4.

I like trains, and transportation, and logistics, and well-thought-out systems...and "To the Tsiolskovsky Station" still amazes me. I just re-read it, and all throughout I kept thinking "of course!" and "I would have missed that, but it's Clearly The Right Thing!"

As a lapsed RPGer, I also liked "Roadshow". It's a great mix of setup and scenario basis, with enough of an episodic nature to make a great series of game sessions (depending on length of sessions, you might even manage to do one tour stop per session) and enough plot hooks for a GM to really have fun with.

I need to buy Heat of Fusion.

Thanks for the comments on "Roadshow." It sounded plausible to me, but I don't have any experience to judge it against.

I've just ordered it.

I hope you like it. And if you don't, as I've just edited the post to say, I'll buy it back from you and brandish it at other people. =>

Just ordered. Damn, but there's so much I hadn't realised was his....

Thanks, and hope you like it. As I say above, I'll buy it from you if you don't.

Not much danger of that!I've been looking for the Alternities stories for ages (finding Michael Kube-MacDowall's novel of the same title induced the same confusion in me that seeing the "Century of Science Fiction" excerpt from Worlds of the Imperium and knowing it wasn't in the version on my timeline I'd read did).

I've also just trawled through Amazon and Abe-Books, even buying two copies of one boook 'cos it's a perfect birthday present for autopope.

Have you read the other two, or do you know anything about them?

I read one, found the second about a year or so later, and the other two I know nothing about.

Wait, we need to specify. => My "other two" were the ones not in _From the End . . . _; which two have you read?

"Mandalay" and "Out of Service". I've never seen "Slowly By, Lorena" or "Intersections".

Ah. What's "Out of Service" about?

I barely remember it now - I think it's blurring with "Mandalay", but [google]An Alternities guide is stranded after the "Fracture" and tries to convince the local gate operative that it will lead to the correct Homeline[/google]....

I can see why that would blur with "Mandalay," yes. Thanks.

I really ought to get Lifelode fixed and do something with it.

I think that would be a good thing.

The Wars of the Roses poem you link to is a villanelle (which is why he posted it, it was in response to one of Patrick's Sidelights). I don't think there's any G&S or whatnot going on there, but I won't swear to it.

I understand "Preflash" up until the point where I don't, so I would welcome an explanation of the end, at least. (What I really want, though not relevant to your post, is an explanation of "Fugue State" beyond the basic concept, which I got.)

I picked up a number of old Asimov's issues at a used book store a while back because they had Ford stories - I need to dig them out and see if the other Alternities stories are in them.

I understand "Preflash" up until the point where I don't

Yeah, that's a good way of putting it. =>

I haven't read _Fugue State_, though we have it.

It's well worth reading for the scenes (as rachelmanija put it) even if you don't follow the plot. At least, I enjoy it despite not really getting it (I think I get the basic idea, but I don't understand how all the various scenes then fit into that).

Yeah, I thought I understood "Preflash" (after the fourth reading, that is) until the phoenix came out (where the heck did that come from?), and really that entire last scene, and then decided I was probably wrong about understanding it. And I would also love an explanation of "Fugue State." And The Scholars of Night (I think I get the really broad main idea, but that's it) and The Final Reflection (ditto-- who did kill Van Diemen?).

(ROT13 for that last parenthetical: V guvax gur Xyvatbaf, fcrpvsvpnyyl munea, xvyyrq uvz nf cneg bs gurve cybg gb trg vasb nobhg qvyvguvhz, ohg V jnf arire fher nobhg guvf.)

And, probably, an explanation of a whole lot of other things I can't think of right now. (Could someone set up a website where all the subplots are explained? :) )

Really, really liked "The Lost Dialogue," which is just allusive like crazy (yeah, okay, that clause was redundant), but was not viscerally moved by it the way I was by "110 Stories" or the wonderful, spectacular "Camelot Station." Don't remember "Restoration Day," so presumably didn't like it as well.

(Hi, by the way. I've lurked around for a while but had to come out for Ford, who... was... (ow) one of my favorite living writers, and was responsible for introducing me to a whole lot of random stuff (Charles Williams, the history of the Byzantine Empire, etc.) through his writing...)

In re. "Fugue State": (with a Growing Up Weightless bonus)


I found that just clicking through various JMF links. It's a bit weird to be reading conversations between people that I don't know and likely will never even meet. I hope no one's offended by sharing the link.

I'm not, and the post is both unlocked and full of comments, so it seems unlikely that anyone would reasonably be.

*kicks the universe for no further _Growing Up Weightless_-verse books*

Thanks for the link. Sadly it does not answer all my questions about "Fugue State," but it does help a bit.

Welcome. Yeah, past tense is a bitch, isn't it?

I think it's very possible that I like "The Lost Dialogue" better than I remember, but I didn't want to re-read because I wanted to write this now, and also didn't want to associate the text with fresh grief. But my recollection suggests that its virtues are less emotional and more intellectual.

(ditto-- who did kill Van Diemen?).

(ROT13 for that last parenthetical: V guvax gur Xyvatbaf, fcrpvsvpnyyl munea, xvyyrq uvz nf cneg bs gurve cybg gb trg vasb nobhg qvyvguvhz, ohg V jnf arire fher nobhg guvf.)

Unless I am horribly mistaken, you are correct on who killed him, but the reason is not exactly correct. Or, it is not explained well - there was a lot more to it than vasb nobhg qvyvguvhz.

It's been a while since I read it (Final Reflection)-- am I mixing up two subplots?-- okay, right, appointment with bookstore with this in mind. (My copy, and most of my other Ford, are at my parents' house, bleah. Want to reread Growing Up Weightless Right Now.)

Thanks for the link-- okay, that helps a bit with Fugue State.

Um, and of course I did not mean "phoenix" in my post above. Sorry about that :)


V'z cerggl pbasvqrag gung gur neeviny bs gur tevssva vf na vaqvpngbe gung fbzrguvat unf unccrarq gb N.Q. vg'f n znex gung n genafvgvba unf orra pbzcyrgrq.

Crefbanyyl, ng guvf cbvag va gvzr (fhowrpg gb erivfvba naq gur vafvtug bs bguref), V guvax gung ur'f orpbzr na ntrag bs qrngu be fbzrguvat yvxr gung. Gung ynfg fprar vf =ernyyl= fcnefr, ohg V jbhyq pvgr gur ynfg gjb fragraprf:
"Tevssva jvyy tb onpx abj, gb gur crbcyr ur pna fgnaq gb ybbx ng, orpnhfr gurl unir abguvat vafvqr gurz.
Erterg qvrf ynfg. Ohg rirelguvat qvrf."

(Vg'f hasnve gb fgbc gurer; va glcvpny Sbeqvna jnl, univat qrirybcrq n gurbel nobhg bar ynlre bs gur fgbel, lbh'er fhpxrq shegure va naq shegure qbja. Ohg V unir yrff rivqrapr sbe jung pbzrf arkg, NAQ vg'f yrff betnavmrq, NAQ vg fgnegf gb snyy ncneg snfgre naq snfgre. Gevcyr onq nanylfvf fpber!)

1. Gur bayl gjb crbcyr N.Q. qbrfa'g unir n ivfvba nobhg ner Ybqv naq Enva. Enva jevgrf gur jbeqf, Ybqv fvatf gurz, naq gur jbeyq unf irel fgebat ernpgvbaf va abg-"unccl, unccl, wbl, wbl" jnlf.

2. V guvax Enva vf n glcr bs crefbavsvpngvba bs Qrngu, naq orpnhfr ur naq Ybqv ner nyernql qrnq, gurer'f abguvat gb frr -- gurl "unir abguvat vafvqr gurz."

2n. Zbfg bs gur grkg nobhg Enva pna rnfvyl or qrpbqrq jvgu fvzcyr naq urnil qrngu flzobyvfz. "Anu, gung'f gbb rnfl," vf n pbzzba ernpgvba, ohg lbh tbggn fgneg fbzrjurer.

N. Gurersber jungrire unf unccrarq gb Tevssva, vg yrgf uvz rkvfg fb gung ur qbrfa'g unir gb frr ivfvbaf bs ubj crbcyr qvr.

1. Gur thl va gerapupbng naq ung vf eryngrq gb "erterg." Ur fubjf hc va gur ivfvbaf bs nyy bs N.Q.'f sevraqf, naq jura ur'f ng N.Q.'f qbbe vg'f gb guerngra ntnvafg ybbxvat onpxjneqf.

2. Gur cynpr Tevssva fnj Znynelx qvr vf ure bja ncnegzrag, juvpu vf jurer Enva gnxrf Tevssva ng gur raq.

3. Jura Tevssva frrf gur zna jvgu gur "pbng ghearq hc ntnvafg gur enva," vg'f abg rabhtu gb jngpu gur "svyz bs uvf qrngu bire naq bire."

3n. Fb Tevssva jnagf guvf thl qrnq hayvxr rirelbar ryfr va gur fgbel.

O. Tevssva oryvrirf gung guvf thl vf gur bar jub xvyyrq nyy uvf sevraqf.

V qba'g haqrefgnaq gur punyx znex.

1. Gur thl vf abj qrnq: "Gur fvta...ab ybatre ernqf Xnyvavafgenffr. Orarngu vg gur zna vf whfg nf qrnq."

2. Tevssva vzntvarf n ivqrb sbe na nf-lrg hajevggra Fhml Ybqv fbat. "Wrffr Enva jvyy jevgr n ylevp... Xvqf jvyy qebja naq abg or zvffrq."

3. Fbzrubj Enva unf fubja Tevssva jung uvf "tvsg" vf tbbq sbe. Vf guvf gur ovg nobhg gur eng? Gur "yvggyr zna va n ybat oynpx pbng" unf tbg gb or Enva -- "n zna nyy va oynpx, svir srrg naq n pbhcyr bs vapurf gnyy."

P. Tevssva vf abj ybbxvat sbejneq gb qrngu, abj gung nyy uvf gvrf gb yvivat crbcyr unir orra phg.

Bar cbffvoyr ernqvat vf gung guvf vf na "Bjy Perrx Oevqtr" fgbel, jvgu uvf yvsr synfuvat orsber Tevssva'f rlrf, naq gura n qernz nobhg jung arkg. Gur evsyr qvq npghnyyl sver naq uvg gur pnzren; gung vg qvqa'g vf ubj Tevssva engvbanyvmrq abg orvat qrnq va uvf svany qernz. Ohg ol gur raq, ur vf qrnq naq vf cnffvat ba.

Gur bgure ernqvat V pna ubyq gbtrgure va zl urnq vf gung Tevssva orpbzrf fbzrguvat yvxr n Inyxlevr.

Qbrf nalobql xabj jung Fvyire Fpernz jnf nobhg? Vf gurer fbzrguvat nobhg gur nagubybtl pbaprcg (bgure guna zbivrf) gung zvtug or hfrshy pbagrkg? Jnf gurer na vagebqhpgvba gb gur obbx be rnpu fgbel? (V ernyyl yvxrq gung Sebz gur Gjragvrgu... unq obgu na vagebqhpgvba gb gur obbx naq gb rnpu fgbel. Gung Urnq bs Shfvba qbrfa'g pna bayl or n pbafpvbhf pubvpr ol fbzrbar.)

Re: Preflash

Cleartext here.

Re: Preflash

Thank you. I will refer to this heavily when I re-read the story.


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