From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: (urth) PEACE INDEXICON timeline Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 15:58:00 -0500 Robert B. writes: >I was going by the timeline in the Peace Indexicon, where under the Golden >Year, six events are listed, including the following: "Charlie Turner, the >dog man, arrives unexpectedly." Ah, now I understand the confusion! The timeline you were looking at was the one mantis made based on the _Liberty_ magazine clue and included in the _prototype_ for the _Peace Indexicon_. The timeline that appeared in the final printing of _Peace Indexicon_ was considerably revised, reflecting further thought and refinement, and some terminology changed. The online version of the timeline at http://www.siriusfiction.com/ is fundamentally the same as the print version. >But how can this be? Den's stroke is years in the future--long after he has >sex with Sherry Gold. It's clearly impossible--and yet there it is, right on >the page before us. Possible solutions include: 1) post-stroke Den is >looking back to the encounter and re-imagining it from the perspective of >his current present, complete with revisionist dialogue; 2) Den, adrift in a >maze of memories, is conflating events, as confused or disoriented as anyone >who's suffered a stroke, or in the twilight of their life has vivid >recollections of their childhood, but can't remember what they had to eat >yesterday. I opt for solution #1. There are other examples of anachronistic dialogue. -Roy --