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OT: uchroniapunk (was: Re: Exolangs (was Re: [relay] Planing))

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpjonsson@...>
Date:Monday, November 6, 2006, 12:43
Amanda Babcock Furrow skrev:
 > On Sun, Nov 05, 2006 at 12:00:11AM +0100, Jörg
 > Rhiemeier wrote:
 >>> Ah, a space ship turning into a camel (or analogue) and
 >>> a blaster into a dagger. How gratifying! Hmm, what would
 >>> be the 'technological inverse' of a lightsaber, really?
 >> A "glistening sword", or something like that.
 > No, I think the inverse would be, instead of a low-tech
 > item (the sword) rendered in a high-tech format (laser), a
 > high-tech item in a low-tech format. I.e., something from
 > a steampunk genre :)

That's what I meant. The problem is that that may be taken
as having let magic out of the box; most low-tech fictional
milieus are fantasy, and so magic is supposed to work there.
While the Sohloçan certainly believe in magic I'm not so
sure it actually works in their world. Telepathy and limited
telekinesis do work for some people, *there* as it maybe
does *here*, and are classed as magic by *them*, but I think
that's the limit.

As for steampunk I wasn't aware of the term or the genre,
except if the alternate in Poul Anderson's time-cop story
"Delenda Est" counts. This in spite of even having dabbled
in the genre: I once began a story set in an alternative
timeline where Germany won WW I and technological advances
due to and posterior to WW II, which never happened *there*,
were never made. It was based on a dream I had which was set
in a 'steampunky' version of the town where I live.

Sohlodar of course would be 'bronze-punk', since it is a
bronze-age culture that just has made contact with iron-
using cultures.


/BP 8^)>
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se

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