[LMB] Conspiracy theories in Lois's world

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 04:48:29 GMT 2019

How about the Gnomes of Jackson's Whole secretly controlling everything?
Or the Haut actually being non-human extraterrestrials, plotting to round
up all the Cetagandans and make them into yummy food?

I'm thinking that the *Illuminati* card game would be a huge seller on
Barrayar.  And teaching them to play the RPG *Paranoia *would be funny.

On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 9:29 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>

> From: Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
> In F&SF, conspiracy theories are often true.   But in our world, I am a
> much bigger believer in the Peter Principle than in crazy conspiracies.
> In Lois?s worlds - what crazy conspiracies might be popular but *not* be
> real?
> Gwynne: Interesting question, because so many of the rumours spread about
> Aral
> by his political enemies are real, or don't go far enough.
> Conspiracies (You will note a serious lack of logic in some of these - not
> an unusual
> feature in a lot of conspiracy theories.)
> Gregor was killed in Vordarian's Pretendership, and Aral substituted
> another
> child (for extra points, an illegitimate child of Aral's) as the Emperor.
> Cordelia is a Betan agent who controls Aral with devious Betan drugs and
> conditioning, so that Beta controls Barrayar.
> The Vorkosigan/Vorbarra line was altered by Cetagandan DNA manipulation so
> that Cetaganda could control Barrayar.
> Cordelia is a psychopathic killer who frequently disposed of Aral's
> political rivals,
> and other people she didn't like. Only a few of her more spectacular
> efforts (Ges
> Vorrutyer, Vordarian) made the headlines.
> Carrying on from above, there's a secret cellar in Vorkosigan House full
> of heads.
> (That's probably my favourite.)
> Still thinking of more... it's difficult, because most of the stuff that
> would be
> devious hidden plots in other places are public knowledge on Barrayar (like
> Aral throttling the Political Officer who gave the massacre order.) And
> the real
> conspiracies are well hidden and not even suspected.
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