[LMB] Barrayar and Earth Studies

PAT MATHEWS mathews55 at msn.com
Sat, 02 Feb 2002 12:41:56 -0700

So I see Barrayar treating Earth as we do
>and Rome, with a very established intellectual tradition formed around
>the studying of them.  So even after the end of the ToI it will remain a
>hallmark of scholarship to study Earth, as opposed to all these new

Yes, indeed! Makes very good sense! And probably all the other worlds demand 
it too, along with studying Classical English in college.

>[1] The big flaw: This all boils down to how much was lost in the ToI.
>Did they burn the books, figuratively?  Or just lose them.  We still
>don't know how far they fell, or if their recovery was spurred in anyway
>by discoveries of Firster resources.  In order for my idea to work the
>answer must be either "not far", which is unlikely, or "yes" to question
>#2, which is slightly moreso.  But neither is particularly high

They probably shelved them and let a few useless cripples and elders  keep 
them, and then had a Renaissance. Now, we KNOW the Ending of the Time of 
Isolation was a Renaissance: was there one earlier that they were working on 
when they were recontacted?

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