Pixel Scroll 9/29 What Color is Your Parvo Shot?

(1) Today’s birthdays —

1547 – Miguel de Cervantes, author of that famous tome about the old windmill tilter

1942 – Madeline Kahn, a signature comedic actress of the 1970s, who appeared in Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety and many more films.

(2) The 30th anniversary of Back To The Future means a new chance to sell a Blu-ray release, and to help market it Christopher Lloyd is back in character as Doc Brown in an exclusive short video. Go to the link to watch a new trailer.

Lloyd has donned his lab coat and white wig once again to play the mad scientist in a brand new original short film ‘Doc Brown Saves The World!’ that’s being exclusively released in the ‘Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy’ box set on 5 October.

Little is known about the plot of the new short story, but we can see that the famous time-travelling DeLorean DMC-12 will feature heavily. The new box set will also gather the trilogy of time-travel comedies starring Michael J Fox. the entire ‘Back To The Future: The Animated Series’, plus hours of bonus content all together for the first time.

(3) Jamie Todd Rubin has already done the groundwork for one source of 1941 Retro Hugo nominees.

As he explains in “The Retro Hugo Awards for 1941 at MidAmeriCon II”

Next summer at MidAmeriCon II–the 74th World Science Fiction Convention–among the awards given out will be the Retro Hugo awards for 1941. The award will cover stories published in 1940. I have a particular interest in this award because a few years ago, when I was taking my Vacation in the Golden Age, I read, and wrote about, every story that appeared in Astounding Science Fiction from July 1939 – November 1942. That means that I read and commented on every story that appeared in 1940 issue of Astounding.

Rubin lists his favorite stories from the 1940 issues of ASF:

  1. “Final Blackout” by L. Ron Hubbard1 (April, May, June 1940)
  2. “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein (January 1940)
  3. “Cold” by Nat Schachner (March 1940)
  4. “The Stars Look Down” by Lester Del Rey (August 1940)
  5. “The Mosaic” by J. B. Ryan (July 1940)
  6. “If This Goes On–” by Robert A. Heinlein (February 1940)
  7. “Butyl and the Breather” by Theodore Sturgeon (October 1940)
  8. “Fog” by Robert Willey2 (December 1940)
  9. “One Was Stubborn” by Rene La Fayette3 (November 1940)

(4) British Eastercon attendees are invited to help decide the con’s future by completing a questionnaire. (For more info about the process, read the FAQ.)

We’re hoping that a wide variety of people will be filling in this questionnaire, so we start by asking what you know about Eastercon, and why people go to Eastercons. Then what you think works or doesn’t work, and whether you have any suggestions for improvement. Then about issues, and some suggestions people have already made to deal with them. Finally, we’ll ask whether you would like us to keep in touch, and because no matter how hard we try we can’t capture everything, you have the opportunity for a final comment.The results will be published on our website, and discussed both at Novacon and at next year’s Eastercon. You do not have to provide any personal details unless you want to, and if you do your participation will be kept strictly confidential.

We hope this will take you no more than about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

To fill it out, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ndMn5Soj0FHE4Gkj-XjUbVgFM9w8Ma5PvgvND9g8WZE/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

(5) A new Rick Riordan series – my daughter has already announced she is waiting for the minutes to tick past so she can buy the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer. Bibliofiend has an exclusiveread the first five chapter free. [PDF file]

(6) The 2015 MacArthur Genius Awards are out. Better check and see if your name is there.

(7) Europa SF reports the winners of the 16th Swedish Fantastic Short Story Contest. Article (and where needed, translation to English) by Ahrvid Engholm.

The Fantastic Short Story Competion (“Fantastiknovelltävlingen“, in Swedish) has been running yearly since the year 2000, and is dedicated to stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is probably Sweden’s oldest at present; at least one short story contest that used to be older has folded.

This year the contest received 117 entries, and the jury decided to distribute the prize money of 2000 Swedish crowns (just under €200) to the following three winners. Titles given in Swedish with English translations and some comments from the jury are added:

First prize: “Bläcklingar” (“Inklings”) by Fredrik Stennek. “A fine tale in the succession of HC Andersen… A portrait of a society collapsing under censorship and oppression…but humour and longing for freedom is bigger. It raises questions of freedom of the press and freedom of opinion“.

Second prize: “Hon” (“She”) by Eva Ullerud. “A wonderfully creepy story… When the threat is close, really close, it easily becomes invisible, but even creepier.”

Third prize: “Götheborg” (“Gothenburg”) by Dennis Jacobsson. “An alternate history explaining why the ship Götheborg went under in the 1700’s. The atmosphere is as thick as the wool in the woolen clothes of the characters, the danger as tangible as the smell of gunpowder on gundeck, and the curiousity of the reader picks up wind.”

Five stories – By Jonas Bengtsson, Emanuel Blume, Lisa Hågensen, Hanna Kristoffersson and Jens Mattsson – also received honourary mentions by the jury, consisting of the sf/f authors Niklas Krog, Pia Lindestrand and Karolina Bjällerstedt Mickos. All stories were judged without author identification.

(8) Lela E. Buis called a story to the attention of select Twitter readers.

Here’s her description of David Levithan’s Every Day.

Every Day was published in 2013 and received the Lambda Award for Best LBGTQ Children’s/Teen Book. It went on to feature on the New York Times Bestseller List. This means my opinion isn’t unusual, either from the literary community or the fan community. However, this book never made a ripple in the SF&F community because SF&F isn’t something Levithan normally writes.

(9) NASA has some thoughts about how difficult it would be to send humans to Mars.

(10) The agency also helped celebrate National Coffee Day.

(11) Kameron Hurley might be overdue for a few convention Guest of Honor invites.

https://twitter.com/KameronHurley/status/648874752631775232

https://twitter.com/KameronHurley/status/648879242730713088

(12) Hurley also tweeted a link which ultimately takes readers to G. Derek Adams’ guest post on This Blog Is A Ploy about how to sell your books in a way that actually sells books, but doesn’t make you feel like a shyster.

(13) Amanda S. Green agrees that she was quote laundering. Too bad she can’t admit that without first strawmanning a false accusation about something I never said.

First of all, I had someone (and I will let you guys guess where they came from) basically accuse me of not having read Scalzi’s post that I referred to in my Saturday blog. The entire basis for this person — as well as the condemnation from the referring blog — seems to be because I didn’t link to the Scalzi post. Instead, I linked to Teleread. Well, let me set the record straight. I did read the original post. I didn’t link to it because I know the readers here on MGC have the ability to google and find the original source if they want to read it. Teleread had excerpted the parts I wanted and I happened to also agree, for the most part, with what Chris Meadows had to say. So, that is what I linked to.

There are basically two reasons why I don’t link to a post. The first is as I stated above. I know our readers here can go find the original if they want to. The second is when I don’t want to send additional traffic their way.

(14) The X-Files is returning as a six-episode event series in 2016. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will also be back as Mulder and Scully.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

312 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 9/29 What Color is Your Parvo Shot?

  1. I think I can find my ‘women are treated as people’ happytimes with authors who don’t think the human race would be better off if I’d been aborted, to be honest. I think that bit would ruin the whole experience for me.

  2. I’m the youngest of five daughters born to a couple who had intended to have only two children.
    But they kept having girls, and trying again one more time.
    I’ve always been really glad they had no way of knowing I wasn’t the much-desired James Kindred finally turning up, because otherwise I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have bothered.
    Fetal scanning in India and China makes me seriously crabby.

  3. rrede (de-ROT13ing where it seems unspoilery): Gurer’f nyfb gur snpg gung Qben vf n cbyvpr bssvpre–V’z abg fher gung n zna rkcerffvat gung nggvghqr jbhyq unir orra creprvirq gur fnzr jnl.

    That’s a good point, and one that hadn’t consciously occurred to me. I think you’re right, given the different underlying cultural assumptions about nurturing instinct for women versus for men.

    Tepper’s female protagonists have very complicated relationships with pregnancy, motherhood, etc. — I’m now thinking I ought to write a paper about it.

    Yes, please do!

  4. @Meredith:

    I think I can find my ‘women are treated as people’ happytimes with authors who don’t think the human race would be better off if I’d been aborted, to be honest. I think that bit would ruin the whole experience for me.

    Then I’d definitely say you should give Tepper a miss, especially the True Game series. It was asserted upthread that her tendency toward this sort of ablism is absent or at least understated in the True Game series; I have to disagree in the strongest terms possible. Ablism is implicit, and sometimes explicit, in the strong pro-infant-euthanasia theme throughout. It starts up very early and it continues strongly through all nine books.

    I feel like I’ve already acted enough like a buzz-kill in this thread, so I don’t want to argue it on a point-by-point basis.

    As for The Fresco, I don’t think anyone’s a bad person for enjoying that scene I mentioned. I would prefer not be thought a Grinch for being appalled at it, though. Your wish-fulfillment fantasy is OK but it is not my wish-fulfillment fantasy. For me, that scene gave me a visceral “ick” feeling–“ick” that it was presented as just, “ick” that I-the-reader was expected to enjoy it, “ick” from its emotional overlap with mainstream tendencies to ridicule male rape victims, and just plain “ick” from seeing anyone, no matter what they’ve done, being subjected to such a violation of bodily autonomy. It just doesn’t work for me. If it works for y’all, great. But it very, very very much doesn’t work for me.

    My personal feeling is that the bigots who think that feminism isn’t about equality but rather about women gaining sufficient power to do all the horrible things to men that men have done to women… don’t really need to be able to point to One Of The Prominent Feminist SF Authors as proof that they’re right about that.

    As to Dora’s attitude toward infant euthanasia in The Family Tree, if it were presented as just Dora’s attitude given her upbringing, I’d be a lot less turned off. But by the time I read that book, I’d read enough of her other books to recognize this as one of her Messages.

    (Dora’s backstory is another example of Tepper’s tendency toward ablism, this time in how she portrays depression. I think she writes from a place of compassion, mind you–compassion for sufferers of depression, and compassion for family members of people with depression. She has a rock-solid point in how Dora’s mother’s depression and expression thereof irrevocably harmed Dora as a child. But unfortunately Tepper seems to err on the side of “depressed people need to just snap out because they’re hurting the people around them.” Dora’s calling her mother’s depression “the do-nothing disease” is understandable, but terribly unfortunate.)

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t trust Tepper as my ally when it comes to reproductive freedom. She’s… not really in favor of bodily autonomy, actually, not as far as I can see. What she’s in favor of is abortion and contraception as a means to population control and eugenics. As a means to those ends, she is as ruthless toward women as toward men in robbing her characters of bodily autonomy, or in voicing a wish to rob real live people of bodily autonomy as a means to a better world. She seemed a little conflicted about in Gate to Women’s Country, where her characters acknowledge that “what we’re doing is horrible, but we honestly haven’t anything less horrible we can do and still be effective”, but in later books she seems downright gleeful about it, and that’s what ruins it for me.

    THAT SAID… Despite all my complaints about it, The Family Tree is a frequent reread, mainly because its “twist” is entirely a product of what she continues to do really, really well–worldbuilding and characters. It’s really a pleasure every time to get to the twist reveal; it’s like watching a camera do what your eyes do with the picture of the vase or the two faces.

    @Kendall:

    You’ve inspired me to Google, and apparently there’s a trilogy with a third book that crosses over a bit with the True Game series. But the description just sounds kinda silly (an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking being pulls them into this other series) . . . nah, I think I’ll skip it.

    Wait, a trilogy that crosses over with True Game? We’re not getting confused here, and talking about the bit in Raising the Stones that references Grass? Do I need to reread Sideshow? Because I might do that. (Again, so many good characters, so many incredibly imaginative worlds, so many rereads! Just, a whole lot of side-eye too, is all.)

  5. @Iphinome

    Thanks!

    @Lauowolf

    My father has been known to make (extremely poor taste) jokes that if any of us had been boys he’d have sent us back. He’s always been very clear on preferring girls. (Although, knowing my father, being clear on that to us might have been partly his way of counteracting any “jokes” we may have overheard being told to him about how he must be disappointed to not have a son.)

    I was an accident, as it happens, since my parents also only intended to have two kidlets, and my parents refused the Down’s test (my mother was 38, you see) because it has a highish chance of causing a miscarriage and they decided that if I had Down’s, well, they would cope with that and they’d rather not risk the test.

    Of course, then I had ~stealth crappy health~ that didn’t show up properly until my teens, but in the mean time they got a conveniently energetic and outgoing child to prove that their choice to home educate wasn’t ruining my sisters. (Various extended family were deeply concerned that my sisters’ natural reserve was somehow my parents fault.)

    Needless to say, I start to get fangy about abortion-for-the-greater-good statements… Pro-choice, A+, pro-greater good, not so much. Eugenics ain’t pretty, whether it’s being applied to girl babies or disabled babies or any other kind of babies with ‘undesirable’ traits.

  6. @Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

    I, yeah, I think I’ll skip them. I usually read ebooks and I like my iPad too much to throw it against the wall or hold ritual burnings. I’m getting a really visceral nopenopenope reaction even from some of the people who are very positive about her books, and I think I’m going to trust that. If it means I’m also missing out on some great stuff, well, oh well, there’s a bunch more out there that has less of a chance of being a minefield of NOPE, you know?

    (Also, I was just about to celebrate getting your surname right without checking the spelling three times and NO I FORGOT THE HYPHEN. THE EASIEST BIT. ARGH. Next time!)

  7. @Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little: No, apparently it’s a third book (Fish Tailes) in another trilogy of Tepper’s, the “Plague of Angels” series. A couple of pages back, Bitty said she read it and it sounds like it was wasn’t good. I must say, I’d have to read the whole trilogy (I hate reading part of a series), and doing that just to get to the third book for the crossover seems like a lot to go through . . . and then if I find it bites . . . no, I don’t have time for this. 😉

    Amazon info here – the end of the description mentions the specific characters that Tepper brings over from the “True Game” world:

    Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom, characters from Tepper’s nine-book True Game series of novels—Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer—all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.

    Um.

  8. @Lexica, regarding Family Tree:

    “Fbzr jbzra, naq V fcrnx nf bar, qb abg unir n “zngreany vafgvapg” va gung jr srry ab qrfver be hetr gb unir onovrf bs bhe bja* naq Qben znl unir orra bar. Jungrire ure bja fhpu “vafgvapg”, erzrzore gung sebz gur gvzr fur jnf svir lrnef byq, fur unq orra erfcbafvoyr sbe gur pner naq jryy-orvat bs ure lbhatre fvoyvatf, rvtug bs gurz ol gur gvzr fur jnf guvegrra naq Tenaqzn fubjrq hc naq gbbx ure njnl. Ol gur gvzr ure cneragf qvrq, fur unq gra lbhatre fvoyvatf, abar bs jubz jrer (nf V ernq vg) npgviryl jnagrq, nggraqrq gb, be pnerq sbe…Vg’f abg fhecevfvat gb zr gung fur jbhyq or snveyl pbyq naq hafragvzragny nobhg crbcyr univat onovrf sbe gur fnxr bs onovrf, juvpu vf irel zhpu gur pnfr sbe gur snzvyl jubfr onol unq qvfnccrnerq.”

    Fcrnxvat nf n jbzna jub unf unq ab puvyqera naq unf ab qrfver gb RIRE qb fb (naq nz nccebnpuvat gur phg-bss cbvag jvgu ab erterg), jub guvaxf gur Dhvireshyy zbirzrag vf ubeevslvat, naq gung vg’f whfg ZNAAREYL sbe nyy snzvyvrf gb unir ab zber guna gjb puvyqera naq gung jbzra fubhyq unir shyy npprff gb nyy pbagenprcgvba naq serrqbz bs pubvpr, ab dhrfgvbaf nfxrq – V fgvyy guvax gung gur cebgntbavfg vf – bsschggvat.

    V trg vg gung n jbzna jub’q ybfg ure puvyqubbq ol orvat fnqqyrq jvgu gur pner ure fvoyvatf ol veerfcbafvoyr, artyrpgshy cneragf jbhyq unir na rkgerzryl artngvir ivrj bs fvzvyne cneragf, juvpu V qba’g snhyg. V nyfb qba’g snhyg ure ivrjf gung uhznavgl unf orra n fpbhetr ba angher, pnhfvat hetrag ceboyrzf gung arrq erzrqvrf. Ohg fur’f n pbc. Naq V’z orvat n fvzcyrgba urer, ohg gur jubyr “cebgrpg gur vaabprag” bs jung gur cbyvpr’f vqrny vf FHCCBFRQ gb or unf n cbjreshy ubyq ba zl vzntvangvba. Juvpu vf jul zbfg qrprag crbcyr ernpg onqyl jura pbcf gnyx nobhg ubj guvf be gung rguavp tebhc ner fhfcrpg ol angher gung fbpvrgl jbhyq or orggre bss jvgubhg – rira vs gurl’er bayl fcrnxvat gurbergvpnyyl naq unira’g chg vg va cenpgvpr va gurve jbex. Gurl’er ivbyngvat gung vqrny.
    V trg vg gung n jbzna jvgu fhpu n puvyqubbq, jub vf fvapreryl nathvfurq nobhg ubj Tnvn vf orvat qrfgeblrq ol znaxvaq, jbhyq unir snagnfvrf nobhg ubj fbzr Qrhf Rk Znpuvan jvyy fjrrc 99% bs cbyyhgvat uhznavgl bss gur rnegu, yrnivat bayl gur rpbybtvpnyyl-zvaqrq evtugrbhf gb ebbzvyl yvir va n jbeyq eriregvat gb hafcbvyrq flyina cnenqvfr. V’q fnl n ybg bs cbfgncbpnylcgvp abiryf ner onfrq ba n fvzvyne snagnfl bs orvat gur bar fcnerq ol qvfnfgre gb n qrcbchyngrq arj jbeyq gb cebir lbhe njrfbzr zrggyr. Ohg jura pbasebagrq jvgu gur rivqrapr gung gur ncbpnylcfr vf npghnyyl UNCCRAVAT – naq gung vgf pheerag frg bs ivpgvzf ner puvyqera, jub ol qrsvavgvba ner nzbat gur “vaabprag” fur vf fjbea gb cebgrpg – V’q rkcrpg zber nzovinyrapr sebz ure nobhg UBJ ure qrfverf znl or pbzvat gehr. Sbe ure gb ernpg jvgu, VVEP, rffragvnyyl, “Gung’f npghnyyl cerggl njrfbzr,” ybfrf n ybg bs zl flzcngul sbe ure. Vs fur jrer fbzrubj jnecrq ol fbzr bhgfvqr snpgbe jura fur ernpgrq gung jnl, nf ErqJbzong fnvq, vg zvtug or sbetvinoyr – ohg vs, nf lbh fnl, fur jnf pbzcyrgryl va ure evtug zvaq jura fur ernpgrq fb, gura fbeel, fur ybfrf zr. Naq vs gur onol qvq abg va snpg qvr nf ErqJbzong fnvq, gura ure ORYVRIVAT gung gur gerrf ghearq gur onol vagb envasberfg zhypu vf fvzcyl ure irel bja jvfu-shysvyzrag snagnfl, juvpu – rj.

    “*Cyrnfr abgr, guvf vf abg gur fnzr nf qvfyvxvat puvyqera. V rawbl fcraqvat gvzr jvgu gurz (gurl’er fznyy uhzna orvatf, jung’f abg gb yvxr?) naq jbhyq eha vagb genssvp jvgubhg n frpbaq gubhtug gb fnir n urrqyrff gbqqyre. Whfg qba’g nfx zr gb gnxr gurz ubzr nsgrejneqf.”

    Fb abgrq. V npghnyyl unir yrff gbyrenapr sbe fcraqvat gvzr jvgu xvqf (rira zl qrne avrpr vf bsgra tbqnjshy naablvat rira va fznyy qbfrf). Naq V nyfb ubcr gung V jbhyq unir gur ersyrkrf naq gur thgf gb fnir n gbqqyre va genssvp. Ohg frr, gur vzchyfr gb teno n xvq sebz genssvp qbrf abg erdhver ceb-naq-pba qryvorengvba ba lbhe cneg – vg jbhyq or n ersyrkvir, haguvaxvat npg be vg pbhyqa’g or rssrpgvir. Jbhyqa’g vg or pbeerpg gb pnyy vg na ‘vafgvapgvir’ ernpgvba?
    Frr, V qba’g guvax gurer vf na ‘vafgvapg’ sbe jbzra gb ovegu haraqvat onovrf naq gung jbzra jub qba’g jnag gb ner haangheny jbzra – gung’f whfg nabgure jnl fbpvrgl ohyyvrf jbzra. Ohg V guvax gung gurer VF n zber shaqnzragny rzbgvbany vzchyfr gb cebgrpg xvqf, gung nccyvrf gb obgu frkrf. V haqrefgnaq gung gur fbhaq serdhrapl bs n onol’f pelvat vf gur bar crbcyr ernpg gb zbfg (nyfb jul crbcyr ernpg gb xvggraf’ pelvat, orpnhfr gurl pel ba gur fnzr serdhrapl. Fb pngf nyfb ernpg gb puvyqera pelvat, yrnqvat gb gur pnfrf bs Gnen naq Znfun gur Ureb Pngf, naq gung nzhfvat ivqrb jurer gur png qnfurf va naq pynjf gur fuvg bhg bs gur onolfvggre’f naxyrf nf fur ehaf 6 be 7 gvzrf nebhaq gur yvivat ebbz, orpnhfr gur onol jnf pelvat, Fb Vg Zhfg Or Guvf FGENATRE’F Snhyg! Ohg V qvterff.)

    V guvax gurer ner pregnva rzbgvbany, abaengvbany vzchyfrf va uhznaf gung ner nobzvanoyr, naq bguref gung ner bhe svarfg. Gur vzchyfr gb fnir n puvyq ehaavat vagb genssvp vf nzbat gur ynggre. Ohg fbzrbar jub urnef nobhg n puvyq orvat eha qbja va genssvp…naq urnef gung vg jnf qbar qryvorengryl, naq zber vf cynaarq, naq fnlf, “Rau. Abg unys n onq vqrn. Vg jnf orggre bss qrnq, naljnl” – V unir n ersyrkvir eribyg ntnvafg ure.

    V erzrzore na negvpyr fghqlvat zra va svevat fdhnqf erpehvgrq gb fubbg urycyrff pvivyvnaf (jbzra naq puvyqera vapyhqrq) sbe vqrbybtvpny ernfbaf. Gurl oryvrirq va gurve pnhfr, ohg gur npg vgfrys pnhfrq gurz ubeebe naq genhzn – ng svefg. Ohg gura gurl fgrryrq gurzfryirf naq tbg ba jvgu gur wbo – rzbgvbayrffyl. Gb zr, gung’f gur erny ubeebe bs uhznavgl. Navznyf xvyy bhg bs arrq, be srne, be greevgbevny entr, be (eneryl) nzhfrzrag. Navznyf qba’g xvyy rzbgvbayrffyl bire naq bire ntnva orpnhfr bs fbzr punva bs ernfbavat gung fbhaqf ybtvpny gb gurz. Bayl uhznaf qrfpraq gb gubfr yriryf.

    Fb jura NALBAR fgnegf fnlvat gung K tebhc bs crbcyr jbhyq or orggre bss qrnq – zbfg bs jubz unira’g qbar nalguvat fb jebat nf gb or XVYYRQ sbe vg – V qvfgehfg gurz, ab znggre ubj pbzcryyvat naq ybtvpny gurve ernfbaf sbe guvaxvat fb. Naq jura fbzrbar npghnyyl pneevrf bhg fhpu vqrnf naq fbzrbar ryfr hardhvibpnyyl nccynhqf gurz sbe vg, naq ubcrf sbe zber – V znl svaq vg haqrefgnaqnoyr, ohg V’yy or qnzarq vs V flzcnguvmr. Naq sbe zr, n pbzcyrgryl haflzcngurgvp cebgntbavfg va n obbx vf n xvff bs qrngu. Vs nyy Grccre’f cebgntbavfgf ner fvzvyne gb gung pbc, V’yy pbagvahr gb cnff ba ure jbex.

  9. No, apparently it’s a third book (Fish Tailes) in another trilogy of Tepper’s, the “Plague of Angels” series

    An earlier book in that series was on the Clarke Award shortlist which caused Christopher Priest to explode. He took particular exception to a talking horse, which struck me as rather fun; but apparently the work has other problems.

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