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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 08:54:31 -0800
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: Re: (urth) Full of Hot Air (Q1, pt. 2)

The question came up:

>1) There is a GW short story about a hot air balloon.
>What is it called (or even about)?  I believe it is in
>Endangered Species but I am far from certain.
>In the introduction, GW says something about a writing
>exercise -- what if something was invented much
>earlier than it was?  Any other story fit this general
>"writing exercise" format?

I think what you mean is more "thought experiment" or "extrapolation of a
technological advance and how it would change society" -- when I first saw
"writing exercise" I thought of Wolfe's writers' workshop stories, like
"The Bellman's Wonder Ring" (oops, that might be an article), "Alphabet"
(in SFTOH), and maybe one or two others.

The thought experiment type, though . . . hmmm. "The Packerhaus Method"
comes to mind (=hey=, that's in SFTOH, too!), where in the intro, iirc, he
labels it as such a story.

As for "Straw," which I named before but did not say more: it is about
"what if hot air ballooning had been invented in the middle ages?"  It is a
neat story, with an almost Urthly feel to it (medieval setting, strange
weapons with common-seeming names, etc.).



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