|From:||Tim Smith <timsmith@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 27, 1998, 2:02|
At 12:45 PM 9/25/98 -0700, Matt Pearson wrote:
>On Fri, 25 Sep 1998, Nik Taylor wrote:
>> Pablo Flores wrote:
>> > It seems very similar to LeGuin's "Exile Planet", that I just
>> > commented, but it's different enough to presume you're talking about
>> > something else. Couldn't it be Robert Heinlein's "Double Star"?
>> > (I've not read it, I just remember the title).
>> No. The books are called Winter on _______ and Summer on _______ and
>> Spring on ________, where the blank is whatever the heck the planet is
>> called. I don't remember.
>Ooh, ooh! The author is Brian Aldiss. I don't remember the name of
>the planet, though. For some reason "Perelandra" and "Malafrena"
>keep circling around my head, but it isn't either of those. Perelandra
>is from C.S. Lewis, isn't it? And Malafrena? Anyway, it's a name like
>that. I haven't read the books, but I've seen them in bookstores...
>It's Helliconia. I haven't read that trilogy, either, but I probably will
someday; it was highly recommended by a friend whose tastes in SF are
generally similar to mine.
Heinlein's _Double Star_ is very good, arguably one of his best, but it has
nothing to do with any double star. It's about an out-of-work actor who
gets hired to impersonate a kidnapped politician. (The plot is sort of a
retelling of _The Prisoner of Zenda_.)
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
-- The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939)