|Cover art by Vincent Di Fate|
|Star Trek: Trullion|
I'm currently in the mood for a different kind of teasing, more in the spirit of short teaser videos for films. When I gave Gohrlay an assignment to create a short "abstract" for part of her life's story, she came back at me with, "If it is so easy, then you write a teaser for The League of Yrinna."
In order to write The League of Yrinna, I have been looking back at details in Vance's Alastor Cluster novels. It is dangerous to look too closely at anything in the science fiction genre. Example: book covers. I recently took time to complain about the book cover blurbs on my copy of Vance's novel, Ecce and Old Earth.
The back cover blurb on my copy of Marune is amusing:
"... the Connatic ruled the sprawling Alastor Cluster. . . and kept track of the doings of each of his trillion or more subjects."
This is an intriguing idea, but it is not the story that Vance told. However, in The League of Yrinna, I imagine that the Connatic has been equipped with a Phari endosymbiont. What if that gave him the power to access every person's replicoid within the Hierion Domain?
I originally imagined replicoids as being the invention of R. Gohrlay. She needed them in order to take advantage of the Momentum of Time and cause the same people to appear in each Reality of Earth.
|Original cover art by Walter Popp|
The game of hussade is going to play an important part during the time when Glinnes and Duissane are on Yrinna. I imagine that the Phari are responsible for the popularity of hussade in Alastor Cluster. Here is what the back cover blurb says on my copy of Trullion:
"The Trill were a lackadaisical, easy-living race - except for the planetwide game of hassade when a ferocious instinct for gambling drove them to risk all -"
I wonder if the person who wrote the back cover blurb on my copy of Wyst even read the story. It includes this statement about Alastor Cluster's people: "... whose sole protector of law was the mysterious person known as the Connatic." That rather awkward phrasing makes me think of Asimov's laws of robotics.
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