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Topic: Ranting over "City!"

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 09/06/2008

Hugely enjoyed City At The End Of Time! Stapledonian as expected, but also strangely reminiscent of Moorcock (The Quest For Tanelorn), and Le Guin during the final parts of A Wizard Of Earthsea. Fantasies--but Clarke's law lets you keep it on the sf side of the line, which you do with sureness and grace. Often felt I was being led through a Richard Powers painting (The Witness a big Zardoz head). Must add, I recently made the aquaintance of a happy but maimed cat, ghastly with one eye and no jaw...now I know what we owe him. Dark Matter as stuff yet to happen--yes! Reconciliation--yes! Always seemed relativity was acausal, despite all that spooky-action talk. How can strict causality be preserved when time rates keep changing? All those lines being skewed, blurred, regathered. Let Ishanaxade be, and all is light! Question is, is she us? Ask not at what frequency the bell tolls. Alternate selves...morphic resonance...scribble scribble...

Re: Ranting over

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/06/2008

"Boys! Messing with physics in your cellar can be fun and profitable..."

Thanks for the very kind words, Bill.

My guess is, Ishanaxade is both very exasperated with us, and deeply in love with us, but NOT one of us.

Re: Ranting over

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 09/07/2008

While working on my bullet points for that piece I'm writing on regarding CITY, I googled Ishanaxade and this post from today came right to the top!

The thing I am "exploring" at this moment "is" the inversion of the Isis & Osiris Myth in this new myth of Sangmer and Ishanaxade, and the deeper relationship between her and/as Mnemomysne and her flip side of Kali.

Rich is myths old and richer in myths new. :)

Before that tonite some thinking about the Typhon and it's true origin, given it's abilities to travel in space as well as time in doing what it does to the Universe.

A couple of nights ago I had a dream about Collectors and Fate Shifters, but set in the "world" of your Novel DEAD LINES, with some time-frozen Hollywood Starlette trapping young fate shifters in her Malibu Mansion.

And I just realized this afternoon that "Time" could actually be seen as a character in CITY.

Mike Glosson

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