Sunday, 9 September 2012
More Differences Between Timelines
Japanese authorities are Shinto, not secular;
Chinese are Taoist, not Maoist;
IRS means "Inquisition for Revenue Securement," not "Internal Revenue Service." (There is an obvious remark here so let's not make it.)
Their equivalent of von Braun is al-Bunni. My wife, a Modern Languages graduate, tells me that "braun" is German for "brown." Steve Matuchek tells us that "bunni" is Arabic for "brown," despite the rabbit connotation which the reader must notice and which a satirical cartoon exploits.
The Operation... timeline includes an equivalent of someone who is real to us and also of someone who is fictitious to us. They have an "...insidious Dr Fu Ch'ing..." (Operation Luna, New York, 2000, p. 61). Googling "Fu Ch'ing" discloses that there was a real one and that he was a Manchu. This fictitious Dr Fu is a Chinese secret agent operating so independently that:
" 'There are times when he is the Chinese government." (p. 62)
Mycroft Holmes coordinated so much government intelligence that in a sense it was true to say that he was the government.
I am in haste on a sunny Sunday afternoon but Operation Luna continues to entertain.