[LMB] When World-Views Collide, books

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 21:31:26 GMT 2022

I am reminded of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok".
Professional linguists have been known to express frustration at how
elementary the concepts dealt with are, and how unrealistic it is that
hyper-educated and -professional people in the distant future are finding
their application a challenge.  But to people who never think about how
words work or what they are, the episode is a revelation.

The degree to which the episode is recognized, and beloved, indicates the
degree to which the majority of viewers were unfamiliar with its ideas.

Matt "at Tanagra" G.

On Wed, Jan 5, 2022 at 12:40 PM Karen Hunt <huntkc at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 5, 2022 at 12:25 PM Margaret via Lois-Bujold <
> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> > Thank you. That was a wonderful essay.
> >
> > I absolutely agree with her #4: "The reader's world-view can be
> > expanded." That was my experience as a younger person, and when I'm
> > fortunate in my choice of reading material, it's my experience today.
> >
> > Question: She says that Barrayar is an exploration of the cost of
> > parenthood through six parallel couples. I can't identify the couples.
> > Here are the ones I can think of:
> >
> > Clearly:
> > Cordelia and Aral
> > Kou and Drou
> >
> > Maybe:
> > Alys and Padma
> > Kareen and Serg
> > Kareen and Vidal
> >
> The other is Bothari and the replicator. Quoted from the Author's Afterword
> in Cordelia's Honor:
> Not just Aral and Cordelia, but all the other supporting couples took up
> and played their symphonic variations on the theme, exploring its
> complexities: Kou and Drou, Padma and Alys, Piotr and his dead wife,
> Vordarian and Serg and Kareen, and most strangely and SFnally, Bothari and
> the uterine replicator.
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