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social science of "Visitor"

PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:17 am
by Zack_M_Davis
When reading "Visitor" for the first time, I thought the the circumstances described sounded kind of unstable: if you can enslave someone indefinitely just by learning their True Name, then you would expect some people to use their slaves to discover more Names, building up larger and larger empires. Then I realized that that's exactly what happened: the story also refers to a Queen whose rule is supposed to last forever (and she means forever). No doubt much of interest could be said about what forms of social organization are likely to arise as a function of how easy it is to acquire power in which kinds of world; in our own world, it takes money to make money which leads to consolidation of wealth and power, but not so much as to result in a Queen of forever. What do you think?

Re: social science of "Visitor"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:57 pm
by DeAnno
Zack_M_Davis wrote:in our own world, it takes money to make money which leads to consolidation of wealth and power, but not so much as to result in a Queen of forever. What do you think?


To be fair, the Faeries have probably had longer to consolidate themselves into having a Queen of forever with their nomenmancy that we have with our capitalist economics. It may in fact still happen at some point in the future!