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  • @Apocryphal said: @Keith said: Waster/Planet was a theme I certainly would like to read more of. What makes someone willing to remove themselves from their existing life in such a way that they can never return to even a semblance o…
  • @RichardAbbott said: Maybe more is revealed in her other books? But on the other hand she might have deliberately left it a mystery... There were a fair few things that could fit this description. I really appreciated that about the writi…
  • Waster/Planet was a theme I certainly would like to read more of. What makes someone willing to remove themselves from their existing life in such a way that they can never return to even a semblance of it? Signing off to go to Iris means everyone y…
  • Agree that dark matter (lowercase) was a bit of a red herring. It seemed very important in the first few chapters and then got dropped in favor of wending and fold rain. Perhaps those concepts are related to (or replace?) dark matter, but it was a c…
  • One of the characters in the book posited that it was a fold rain that occurred prior to arrival that made the original layout of the Escher such a mess. It was never stated if the ship got that name before or after the Epco crew arrive, AFAIK.
  • I enjoyed the scientific underpinnings of the book and how it built on existing physics weirdness to create interesting sci fi situations. I think that was the strongest aspect of the book.
  • I've read a fair amount of Kay, and I do think this is his best work. A lot of his fantasy is, honestly, just barely fantastical, but this has the most intoxicating mix of history and fantasy.
  • I love Dr. Mitch's phrase "cheerful nihilism." That's a good description of my favorite bits of Vance. I love the feckless wandering of Cugel and the constant stream of mishaps he creates for himself. This had some small bits of that with Dhrun's wa…
  • The faeries were one of my favorite aspects of the book. Their capriciousness felt like one of the most Vancian (to me) elements. However, that also would make them very hard to play as PCs. Although a game were you as faeries mess with the characte…
  • Dark Orbit is on my to read list!