[LMB] The Bastard: Help me with my homework!

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Mon Apr 13 03:36:23 BST 2009

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From: "Tony Zbaraschuk" <tonyz at eskimo.com>
To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold." 
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Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: [LMB] The Bastard: Help me with my homework!

> On Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:02:59PM -0400, Marna Nightingale wrote:
>> This is one of my WisCon Panels:
>> Not Exactly What We Expected: Bastard Gods in Chalion, Terre d'Ange, and 
>> Elsewhere: Sun 4:00 - 5:29
>> I have some ideas of my own and all, but it seemed a good excuse for an 
>> on topic or mostly on topic  discussion.
>> So, Bastard Gods, what do we think of them?
> The term implies parentage, specifically an irregularity of same, and
> also a regularity it can be set against.  (If everybody is a b*stard,
> nobody is.)  So what do the Parent, the Official Co-Parent, and the
> Actual Co-Parent have to say to each other about the situation?  For
> that matter, how did they get into the situation to start with?
> Tony Zbaraschuk

What's meant by "bastard gods" though?  In some of Jo Clayton;s work, there 
is a hermaphroditic god, Tunjgit or some such, who is something of a 
trickster, but a jolly one and minor as regards the trickster aspect when it 
gets outside of the gender ambiguity range..   There are gender-changing 
trickster gods, such as Loki.  I can't remember if Coyote, another trickster 
god, is a genderbender or not.   David Weber's fantasy novels have one of 
the Lawful gods being the product of an extramarital relationship. 

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