Communion Of Dreams


A review!
September 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
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This is quick – I have a touch of a flu bug or something, and have been out of it all day, so have stuff to catch up on this evening.

But I  wanted to pass on note of a nice review that has been posted about Communion of Dreams by Kilgore Trout over at Quintessential Rambling.  It doesn’t pull any punches about what he does and doesn’t like (which is fine) but it is a very enthusiastic and positive review over all.  I posted a comment which also touches on something I’ve been thinking about for this blog for the last few days, so you might get a preview of things to come.

Jim Downey


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your damn right I liked it. but yeah I’ve been called brutally honest on more than one occasion.

I’ve also been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and man I needed a good novel. I’ve been trying to learn more about real evolution seeing as I’ve become an outspoken Atheist and all. I’m currently stuck with about 80 pages left of Daniel Dennet’s “Darwins Dangerous Idea”, a good book but I read 10 pages and fall asleep.

But I just had one minor question. And I might have just missed it in the book, late night reading. Ok so the guys on the Hawking got out past the protective bubble. Their computers were overwhelmed with all the info and some got fried. They could no longer communicate because that’s what the bubble does. But what actually killed the crew? My assumption is that this was left unanswered as to say that the bubble was protecting us from more than just communications and our healing abilities. Or am I just making the wrong assumption because I missed the answer in the book?

One more thing, I just spotted this and thought of Duc. http://toomanytribbles.blogspot.com/2007/09/drawing-on-air.html

Have a good one, oh and you can call me Tim.

Comment by Kilgore Trout

Tim…

One of the major errors people make is not being honest with their opinion of writing, in the mistaken impression that by going easy on the feelings of the writer they are “being nice”. I’ve got a thick skin in this regard, and really would rather hear the problems someone has with my writing than some vague compliment that doesn’t help me improve.

Anyway, on to your question…

[SPOILER ALERT]

You basically got it right – I left the explanation about what happened to the Hawking crew vague, so that the reader would be forced to wonder about it, just as the characters are left wondering about it. Your interpretation is correct, however – the ‘bubble’ serves several purposes, and one of them is protective in nature. Actually (and this is more revealing than anything else I’ve ever said about it), the bubbles is protective in several different ways, in how I have conceived it, though this is not explained in the text.

Thanks for the link – I hadn’t seen that yet! Yeah, that’s a precursor tech for what Duc does, no doubt about it.

Jim D.

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