I recently learned (discussed in this earlier blog post) that one of the analogues of Jack Vance in Deep Time was female. In the Ekcolir Reality, most science fiction authors were female, but according to Gohrlay, Jackie Vance led a reclusive life and allowed the world to believe that she was a man: "Jack". Jackie and John Vance were both popular science fiction writers in the Ekcolir Reality.
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Gohrlay claims to not know how Jackie learned that she was John's twin. She suspects that due to their similar physical appearance, the Vance family was able to "figure it out". However, I wonder if Jackie was contacted by the replicoid of Vance's analogue from the Asimov Reality and informed about her special genetic endowment.
Why was it so important that there by Vance twins in the Ekcolir Reality? Gohrlay claims that this is a silly question. We naturally feel that all the effort that went into making the twins had to have occurred for an important reason. However, according to Gohrlay, Jackie was born first and it was only after that chance event (apparently the Vance analogues had been male in all earlier Realities) that the decision was made to create John Vance. If so, the question becomes: why was it important that there be a male analogue of Vance in the Ekcolir Reality?
|Jackie Vance: Ekcolir Reality|
Jackie often used the name "Sam Jacky"
Copies of Copies
I still don't understand where the "copy of John Vance" came from (the "copy" that was substituted for the Real John Vance in the Ekcolir Reality). According to Gohrlay there are three possibilities:
1) the copy could have been a clone, or
2) the copy could have been made by using teleporter technology, or
3) the copy could have been an artificial life form that was indistinguishable from a human.
Next: A visit to the Andromeda Galaxy.
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