The SPIDER Symposion: in-depth discussion of specific Ellison stories and works.

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Postby kevinkirby » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:22 pm

The Medea stories, by various authors, are quite fun to read. All that work put into a common background, and the time it took for these efforts to later appear in magazines, make for truly uplifting experience. The last story in the collection, by Silverberg, anticipates a world-destroying/renewing quake that finishes the cycle off. Yet there is still a great deal of story potential to the whole Medea concept. What will happen when all those Bussard Ramjets still in transit, after making the 50-year journey, arrive to find all human colonies destroyed?

As wave after wave of these people see only fuxes, balloons and dead humans, what conclusions will they reach?

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Postby Jan » Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:23 pm

This looks like it's going to be another dead end - no one has read it.

When I looked at book info for the wikipedia I was quite impressed with who was involved. Still, the concept doesn't attract me because I don't care about world building one bit. Had they created a set of interesting characters and done a sort of serial, that might have interested me.

According to Harlan this contains Sturgeon's final story, though.

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