Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Three Details In How To Be Ethnic...
"...a sickle moon with a couple of pinpoint cities visible on its dark side..."
-Poul Anderson, The Van Rijn Method (New York, 2009), p. 184.
We want to see that as well. Not just bases but entire cities on the Moon!
When Jim and Betty Riefenstahl visit Adzel, Betty's father is able to phone her there because she usually leaves:
"...a list of numbers where she could probably be reached." (p. 193)
No mobile phones! A character had one in Heinlein's Future History. Her phone buzzed so she took it out of her handbag and answered it.
Adzel solves Mr Riefenstahl's problem by playing Fafner and solves Jim's problem, and gains for himself an unlimited meal ticket at a Chinese restaurant, by playing the Chinese Dragon. I once watched Wagner's entire Ring Cycle on television. I followed the words and thus the story in the subtitles while the music was having its effect but the music alone would not have held my attention all that time.