Alternatives to Primogeniture for Determining Inheritance in a Quasi-Feudal Society… a.k.a. what I discussed with my twin a few days ago in regard to our collective writing projects. If you’ve read his sci-fi novel The Madness Engine, you may be able to think of, oh, one or two reasons for this sort of thing to come up. 🙂
This is frustrating: I can’t say much about current WIPs without spoilers. *sigh* Definitely can’t say anything about the sequel to The Madness Engine, except that yes, Paul is still working on it in his copious spare time between doing archaeology-related things. (He apologized to me for one scene he wrote, because he was worried it would upset me. My response was a warp-quote of a Batman line: “Hounds frighten me. It’s time our readers shared my dread.”) He’s also working on a contemporary science fiction novel and a novel that appears on the surface to be urban fantasy but isn’t.
Found a potential epigraph for “Max’s story” (that’s the working title for the not-urban-fantasy) in a poem referenced in an old sci-fi novel. The irony of using it for this story instead of something from The Awakening series amuses me greatly. (The novel in which the poem is referenced is what set off our discussion about primogeniture, etc.)
I nearly titled this blog post “Space Aliens Hate New Coke — I Have Proof.” If you’ve ever read Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi novel This Immortal, you may even get the joke. I’ll try to track down the relevant quote, because it’s quite funny, in an obscure-trivia sort of way.