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March 31st, 2011


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02:42 am - Books and The Internet
I first got online in September 1993, using a 2400 modem, in a NEC laptop with an odd blue on silver monochrome screen. I remember the dreams I had after my first 5 or 6 hour on-line session – endless scrolling blue text. Within a short time, I discovered mailing lists – I remember the first two I joined (in large part because they were the first two that I found that I was interested in – back then, in the pre-web days, finding something you were interested in was remarkably difficult and haphazard) was a list for the SF RPG Traveller, and a list for author Daniel Keys Moran's Continuing Time series, the first two of which I had recently read. This second list was responsible for the very first piece of useful (to me) new I ever got from the internet. In October 1993, the third book of Moran's Continuing Time series, The Last Dancer was published, and I learned this fact on that list. It wasn't as good as the previous two novels (in part because Moran can write fairly good female characters, but not as protagonists, and also the protagonist of The Last Dancer is a remarkably dull character).

I also learned that future books in this series would come out soon, including another two books with Trent Castanaveras, the pacifist thief/revolutionary who was the protagonist of the second novel and one of the more fun characters I've encountered, and another book which would take this cyberpunk-like series and advance it forward in time into full-blown space opera, a concept that definitely appeals to me a great deal. However, those books never happened – there were problems with the publisher and suchlike and so after reading some interesting excerpts from unpublished novels, I waited, and 7 or 8 years ago decided that I'd never see another novel by Moran. During this time, I also finally unsubscribed to the Traveller RPG mailing list, because the game had become far too anachronistic for my tastes, and there were better and less archaic options. However, I stayed on the Continuing Time mailing list, in large part because traffic dwindled to a trickle, and I assumed that I'd never hear anything much from it again.

A few days ago, I was proven wrong. AI War part 1: The Big Boost is now for sale as an ebook – it's the first novel of what seems to have become a trilogy rather than two novels. It's also a hell of a lot of fun, Trent remains an impressively engaging character and the book has same fast action and interesting world-building that I so enjoyed in The Long Run. In the last few years, I have seen new novels by both P.C. Hodgell and Daniel Keys Moran, and unlike many later additions to series, they are actually quite good. In any case, I'm halfway through The Big Boost and liking it a lot.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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From:edwarddain
Date:March 31st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)

*chuckle*

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I am still on the Continuing Time list btw... I'm a huge DKM fan.

I haven't yet downloaded AI War simply because I've been busy, but I think it is calling my name this weekend.

And yeah, I think everyone kind of lost ant hope that he'd publish anything else. Ever.

D.
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From:slothman
Date:March 31st, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I was impressed by the utterly gonzo worldbuilding in The Last Dancer (as well as the unexpectedly believable version of computer hacking) and went and tracked down Emerald Eyes and The Long Run. I’m currently rereading the older books to load my context for The Big Boost...
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From:edwarddain
Date:April 1st, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
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It'd not directly related (maybe...), but Armageddon Blues is certainly a Continuing Time novel and is worth picking as well.

But it's set in an entirely different portion of the CT from House November and crew.

D.
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From:slothman
Date:April 1st, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
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It’s in a different part of the Great Wheel of Existence than the Continuing Time, though you do see some overlap in a scene in (IIRC) The Last Dancer when someone in a crosstime pager visits.

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