look what they done to the stars, Ma!

Damien Broderick (d.broderick@english.unimelb.edu.au)
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 16:05:26 +0000

At 09:45 PM 2/11/99 -0600, Eliezer the cruel spoilsport wrote:

>Behold, I shall now rain on thy parade.

>"There was once a race that spent most of its resources in devising a
>means by which a star may be moved. This they learned how to do, and
>did. They rearranged some of the constellations
> -- John DeChancie, "Paradox Alley", p. 55.

I wasn't claiming priority in this instance. How could I, when Arthur Clarke did the star-shunting for visual effect so beautifully in THE CITY AND THE STARS back in the '50s? (And probably Olaf Stapledon did it much earlier, I can never get through his majestic but tedious tomes.)

Damien Broderick, reinventing the wheeling heavens