[LMB] GJ&RQ - A start for Ch 12

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 18:37:08 BST 2016


One thing about Miles settling on Beta Colony would be that one day, he
would be Count Vorkosigan, and having a "Betan" Count might present real
problems.  Not to mention that he'd be far less familiar with the District
and how to deal with it.

On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Corrina Lawson <
corrinaannelawson at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think Miles did have a few safe choices but he never took them.
>
> After his first washout at the Academy, Aral offered Miles an education and
> a job in the district as a lawyer. Certainly, a comedown from a great
> military career but, as we see later, having a committed and intelligent
> Vorkosigan helping to make lives better for people in the district by
> administering the law and perhaps leading changes to the law might well
> have benefited a large number of people.
>
> Miles viewed this as giving up on him, and as a horrible consolation prize
> for all his work. No way he wouldn't, of course and it's asking too much
> for him to have the maturity to see this. He has too much to prove and he's
> been too traumatized by his physical disabilities.
>
> But the choice did exist, as did him settling on Beta Colony at some point.
> Cordelia seems to hint at that, a few times.
>
> And Miles had a very active choice on whether to stay with Elli and her
> fleet or whether to be part of Barrayar. Both those choices had drawbacks,
> of course, but each had something positive to offer. It wasn't a choice of
> two bad choices but a case of mostly two good choices with some bad fallout
> either way.
>
> Corrina
>
>
>
> On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 3:35 PM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Another stray thought - given Aral's extremely traumatic childhood -
> war,
> > > massacre, war, Imperial vivisection; then dumped into a boarding school
> > and
> > > expected to go back to being ordinary, then Ges, marriage, duels, Ges,
> > > brilliant
> > > career, career implosion, brilliant career, disaster, brilliant....
> Ok,
> > > well given
> > > all that, I'm amazed that Aral held himself together so well.
> > >
> >
> >
> > Suddenly I'm reminded of High King Peter, Queen Susan, King Edmund, and
> > Young Queen Lucy, who suddenly have to go back to being children, and
> told
> > what to do.  Must have been tough. (Fanfic, anyone? They must be out
> > there...  but given Sturgeon's Law I prefer to avoid the random % and
> only
> > read recced fic which will usually be in the 10% )
> >
> > GP: It's a brilliant offer, highlight of a marvellous career. But he has
> > other
> > options now. Mind you, it's hard to complain when you're torn between
> > two great futures. So many times in this series the choices were between
> > two bad options, and the character had to pick the least worst. Oliver
> > really is the sunshine, compared to the gloomy shadows of the Vorkosigan
> > history.
> >
> > Sylvia: Oh, Miles.  he never had good choices for such a long time. OTOH
> no
> > small part of this may have come from viewing his superior officers as
> > future subordinates.
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