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December 7th, 2012
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All the Good Things Together


Cool Things to Find is set in geekspace-- where interesting fact and fiction interact on equal terms-- which led me to think about a few stories which have similar spaces.

Sanders Anne Laubental's Excalibur has a vision of Mobile, Alabama (?) in heaven, where all the good things about the city exist simultaneously.

Of course, this wouldn't work as a city, but the vision is about memory and love, as is made explicit in Diane Duane's Timeheart.

In John Myers Myers' Silverlock which is about the Commonwealth, an island that has all the good stuff from fiction, there's a quote to the effect that if maintaining the place requires breaking human and natural laws, then those laws will be broken.

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From:tod_hollykim
Date:December 7th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Thankee! I just saw Dumb Ways to Die yesterday when a friend tweeted it.
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From:captain_button
Date:December 8th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
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Geek that I am, the main thing I got from DWtD was annoyance that it buys into the "people explode in vacuum" BS.
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:December 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Charles Williams (C. S.. Lewis's friend) had a City like that, perhaps in ALL HALLOWS EVE?

Lewis hinted at something like that, in THE LAST BATTLE, a place where "nothing good is ever destroyed [particularly someone's old house]".
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From:nancylebov
Date:December 8th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Definitely All Hallows Eve, but my faint memory of the book suggests that it was seeing the actual city with glowing eternity added rather than combining what's loved from various times and places.
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:December 13th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
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My vague memory says the City in AHE had somehow everything that had ever been in it, not just the things that were loved. Or as CW would say, all things were loved.
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From:tinymammoth
Date:December 7th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Hi Nancy,

We read some of the same blogs and your comments are models of clarity and civility. So I added you here on LJ.
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From:gildedacorn
Date:December 7th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I thought no one but me remembered Saunders Anne Laubenthal. : )

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