[LMB] Conspiracy theories in Lois's world

Karen A. Wyle kawyle at att.net
Thu Jan 17 15:18:26 GMT 2019

 The idea that wormholes kill and copy people reminds me of an idea about which my husband, for his own amusement, wrote a partial screenplay in the 1990s. It was for Star Trek: The Next Generation and featured a young officer who never used a transporter, and was never supposed to be assigned transporter duty, because of his religious belief that transporters killed when they dissolved people and generated a soulless copy. By chance, he was the only one near the transporter room (or some such -- I don't remember the logistical details) when an emergency distress call came in from a small spacecraft in dire straits. Everyone on board would die unless transported to the Enterprise immediately. He refused to do the transport, since in his view, everyone on board was doomed anyway, and he would not be the one to kill them and generate abominable copies. The screenplay would, if finished, have included his court-martial.
Karen A. Wyle    On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2:10:45 AM EST, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:  
 From: "M. Haller Yamada" <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com>

Let me think on this. I know there are conspiracy theories in the book regarding Miles and his mutant scariness.?
The best conspiracies would be amongst the parochial class, and involve?
strange mis-understandings of modern technology, combined with the old, lurid Vor networks.?
At least, that's what I think.?

Gwynne: How about... UR technology is a Ceta/Beta/Insertyourownenemyhere plot
to wipe out Barrayaranness?  Gene cleaning is really a way to insert or delete ...
whatever.... to weaken the race. And replicators deliver programmed creatures who'll
rise up to take over one day.

Plenty of other Replicator conspiracies: They don't deliver your own babies, they're all
cloned from Counts or the rich or other planets, they're not really human, they're not
really Barrayaran... myriad possibilities there.

Then there's the one about space travel: that going through a wormhole actually kills
the original people, and creates new ones at the other end.

Lord Auditor Vorkosigan used Betan mind control to trick Ekaterin into marrying him.

Byerly Vorrutyer is actually a drugs kingpin, running a huge crime syndicate.

The Emperor was killed on a visit to Komarr in his twenties. The Regent took off to
collect a clone who'd been raised on JW as a backup, and the Ceta invasion of the
Hegen Hub was faked to cover it all up.

Mark Vorkosigan is a JW clone that the Vorkosigans ordered just in case their son
didn't survive. When Miles made it to adulthood they allowed the clone to join the
family anyway.

Tej is a JW mole, sent to spy on the Imperium. That's why Gregor sent her and Ivan
away to Ylla.

Seriously, it's hard to think of conspiracies that are wilder than what really happened.

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