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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
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2021-05-25 16:58:52 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
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2021-05-25 23:13:46 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
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2021-05-25 23:50:44 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
That was probably the day that the Earth was wiped out to make room for
the new intergalactic highway.

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2021-05-26 01:42:52 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
That was probably the day that the Earth was wiped out to make room for
the new intergalactic highway.
A Bypass.

"You have to build bypasses."

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Dorothy J Heydt
2021-05-26 03:41:03 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
That was probably the day that the Earth was wiped out to make room for
the new intergalactic highway.
As good a hypothesis as any. I don't have a copy of the book,
and I'm not going to fire up the DVD at this hour of the night
(quarter to nine, and I've already taken my pill).
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2021-05-26 22:21:42 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
Pretty much so? <http://www.towelday.org/faq/index.html#whydate>
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2021-05-27 01:33:50 UTC
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy might qualify, especially today....
Why today?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
Oh, okay. But why May 25? Chosen at random?
Pretty much so? <http://www.towelday.org/faq/index.html#whydate>
Okay, as good a reason as any. Thanks.
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Michael F. Stemper
2021-05-25 19:57:55 UTC
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I find it interesting that three of the five are not stand-alones
but are series of varying lengths. Any theories on why that might be?
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James Nicoll
2021-05-25 20:41:58 UTC
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I find it interesting that three of the five are not stand-alones
but are series of varying lengths. Any theories on why that might be?
Because sf authors like to live indoors and series sell.
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2021-05-25 21:34:50 UTC
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I find it interesting that three of the five are not stand-alones
but are series of varying lengths. Any theories on why that might be?
Because sf authors like to live indoors and series sell.
But none of your other "five stories about ..." reviews were
predominantly series (to the best of my recollection). I was kind of
wondering what it is about xeno-forming that makes series more likely
than stand-alone.
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Dorothy J Heydt
2021-05-25 23:14:38 UTC
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I find it interesting that three of the five are not stand-alones
but are series of varying lengths. Any theories on why that might be?
Because sf authors like to live indoors and series sell.
But none of your other "five stories about ..." reviews were
predominantly series (to the best of my recollection). I was kind of
wondering what it is about xeno-forming that makes series more likely
than stand-alone.
Well, if you're going to go into detail about xenoforming, it's
going to take more words.
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Lynn McGuire
2021-05-25 20:16:59 UTC
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Chtorr !

I have read all four of the Chtorr books several times.

John Varley's Eight Worlds saga comes to mind: "The Ophiuchi Hotline
(Eight Worlds)".
https://www.amazon.com/Ophiuchi-Hotline-Eight-Worlds/dp/0441634842/

"The invaders came in 2050…They did not kill anyone outright. they said
they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth—dolphins and
whales. The Invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology,
then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting
seeds. In the next two years, ten billion humans starved to death."

"The remnants of humanity that survived relocated to the moon and other
planets. But they are not alone in their struggle—someone or something,
somewhere in deep space, is sending them advanced scientific data via
the Ophiuchi Hotline. And by the twenty-fifth century, the technological
gifts from the Hotline—especially its biological and medical
solutions—have created a world unlike any ever known or imagined…"

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2021-05-25 20:29:43 UTC
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Chtorr !
I have read all four of the Chtorr books several times.
John Varley's Eight Worlds saga comes to mind: "The Ophiuchi Hotline
(Eight Worlds)".
   https://www.amazon.com/Ophiuchi-Hotline-Eight-Worlds/dp/0441634842/
"The invaders came in 2050…They did not kill anyone outright. they said
they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth—dolphins and
whales. The Invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology,
then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting
seeds. In the next two years, ten billion humans starved to death."
"The remnants of humanity that survived relocated to the moon and other
planets. But they are not alone in their struggle—someone or something,
somewhere in deep space, is sending them advanced scientific data via
the Ophiuchi Hotline. And by the twenty-fifth century, the technological
gifts from the Hotline—especially its biological and medical
solutions—have created a world unlike any ever known or imagined…"
Lynn
BTW, I tried to post this to the Tor website but the edit control
refused to allow me to paste to it using FireFox on Windows.

Lynn
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2021-05-26 21:32:11 UTC
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Chtorr !
I have read all four of the Chtorr books several times.
Is it time to speculate, once again, whether Chtorr will ever advance past book four (let alone, to a conclusion)?
(I knew of Chtorr, and deliberately waited about a year and a half after the publication of book four to start reading any of it, assuming that this would set me up nicely to not have to wait very long for the concluding book. The joke was on overly-optimistic 1990's me.)
David Gerrold has stated in his various blogs over the years that he has
books 5, 6 and 7 written. He also states that he is not happy with book
5 so he was rewriting it. That has been the statements over the last
20+ years.

I believe that some day, David Gerrold will die and his adopted kid will
publish the books as is. Or not, who knows. But I do know that his kid
sometimes does ebay sales for him of his memorabilia.

There used to be several preview chapters of book 5 on the intertubes
but they seem to have hit the bit bucket. Book 5 now seems to be called
"A Nest For Nightmares":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Against_the_Chtorr

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2021-05-25 21:37:02 UTC
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So could the terraforming of Mars in KSR's Mars trilogy be regarded as
aliens reshaping a planet ?
https://www.amazon.com/Red-Mars-Trilogy-Stanley-Robinson/dp/0553560735/

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2021-05-30 10:41:00 UTC
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Looks like you've been twice automiscorrected to Amelia from the correct
Amalia in Dorothy's entry on this list.

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2021-05-30 14:22:59 UTC
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Looks like you've been twice automiscorrected to Amelia from the correct
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Yeah, I noticed that. No offense taken. Computers are stupid.
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2021-05-30 14:38:31 UTC
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Looks like you've been twice automiscorrected to Amelia from the correct
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Yeah, I noticed that. No offense taken. Computers are stupid.
I will get it fixed but since I don't have editing permissions on my pieces,
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Looks like you've been twice automiscorrected to Amelia from the correct
Amalia in Dorothy's entry on this list.
Yeah, I noticed that. No offense taken. Computers are stupid.
I will get it fixed but since I don't have editing permissions on my pieces,
it won't be until Monday.
Take your time. And kudos to Jaimie for noticing.
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Looks like you've been twice automiscorrected to Amelia from the correct
Amalia in Dorothy's entry on this list.
Yeah, I noticed that. No offense taken. Computers are stupid.
I will get it fixed but since I don't have editing permissions on my pieces,
it won't be until Monday.
Take your time. And kudos to Jaimie for noticing.
De nada :)

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