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Would you explain The Second Ether to me?

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  • John Daker
    Moonbeam Traveller
    • Mar 2004
    • 1

    Would you explain The Second Ether to me?

    Dear Mr. Moorock,

    Any amount of words would do.

    Ever so happy,
    John Daker
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    I think the best explanation is in the Multiverse graphic novel.
    I wish I had time to type it all out again, but I don't. If anyone
    wants to scan and copy it here, I won't give them any hassles about copyright!


    • Reinart der Fuchs
      Mr. The Fox
      • May 2006
      • 4708

      This is one of Mike's orphaned Anonymous posts.
      Infinite complexity according to simple rules.


      • Jagged
        A confused voice within
        • Mar 2004
        • 760

        I think the Second Ether stories are quite complex, and that it would be unwise to try boil them down to a few words.

        Vonnegut actually once stated in a foreword to one of his books or something that a reader had analyzed his books and come to the conclusion that the message was something like, "Love declines but politeness stays". -- whatever. Vonnegut meekly commented that he had wasted his life writing books when he could just have written a telegram (equivalent to an SMS in our days) to the same effect.

        Isn't it a bit unfair to ask somebody who has written over a hundred books to boil them down to a few words?
        Last edited by Jagged; 04-27-2010, 10:50 PM.
        "If the environment were a bank, we would already have saved it." -Graffitti.


        • Shalenak
          Clown of Chaos
          • Apr 2010
          • 54

          Isn't the second ether the place where Law resides? Isn't it a set of universes dominated by science, like ours?
          sigpic "...You are a rogue" Bolorhiag, in The king of the Swords, book two.


          • Rothgo
            Champion of the Unbalanced
            • Aug 2006
            • 6703

            Law is indeed there. As is Chaos.
            I think it is pointed out in a few places that "high science" and "high magic" are really the same thing.