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Unobtainium and Dragons' Bones
Possibly my only accomplishment for today. 
29th-Aug-2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like it!
29th-Aug-2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I especially like the "throwaway references" point. It reminds me how Mehitabel in Mirador keeps casting people she sees into various theatrical roles. It's such a thing that she'd plausibly do, yet she always includes some other tidbit for the reader to now have information on two things - the theatre and the character in question. It made me smile every time, and appreciate your worldbuilding.
29th-Aug-2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
I wish I could make everyone who writes read this! Death to the infodump!
29th-Aug-2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Like after_nightfall, I particularly liked the throwaway references bit - I also like it when we learn a character has hobbies or opinions that don't further the plot.

I also liked your remark that exposition and infodump are not alike, because I've seen too many people castigated for the latter point to versions of the former and say, "But!!!"
29th-Aug-2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
a) Yay!

b) Robin Mckinley! DWJ! James White!

One thing I really, really liked about the 'Hospital Station' series when I first read them (a-many years ago) was that Murchison was promoted from nurse to doctor. At the time that was a very feminist thing for an sf author to do: I'm sure now it's considered very repressive, but considering that in the film '2001' there was a woman! in space! as a stewardess on the space station! (and that was all!) the treatment of Murchison was very, very subversive.
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