Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Wed Jul 19 00:39:26 EDT 2000

On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, jessie wrote:

> This baffles me, actually.  ToTC is one of her books that i like a
> great deal. Now admittedly it's also the first one I read, but I
> think there's more to it than that -- the thing that makes me like
> ToTC so much is the depth of invention and worldbuilding in it. 
> Time ghosts, the tension between history and superstitions,
> architecture...  not to mention the Sempitern.  I like the
> Sempitern.  (:  For me there is a great richness to ToTC, but I seem
> to be thoroughly in the minority concerning it.  Could you tell me
> why you don't like it as much?

For me, I quite like ToTC, but it just has moments here and there that
rub me the wrong way. Leonardo da Vinci being a stranded time
traveller, for instance, although it's nice that that's only a
speculation and not undeniable truth.

> Paul Andinach writes:
> > Knowledge is Power.
> > Power and Energy are equivalent.
> > e=mc^2, so Energy = lots of Mass.
> > Large amounts of in one place deform space.
> >
> > Any good library is basically a genteel black hole that knows how
> > to read.
> <laugh>
> <pedant = on>
> but now I'm going to be a dumb nitpicking physicist and tell you
> that Power and Energy are *not* equivalent.  Power is energy over
> time.

It was a quote, so it's not my fault. :)

Does this mean that the equivalence is more true of old bookshops and
libraries? I've noticed time does some strange things in places like

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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