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Interesting discussion of “No Dominion”

Over on the TrekBBS Trek Literature forum, where we occasionally also discuss non-Trek literature by Trek authors, I’ve been having an interesting discussion with a poster called David cgc about “No Dominion.”  He saw the story very differently than I intended, but those can be the most interesting replies.  The discussion begins with this post and continues from there.

It can really surprise you the way people interpret what you write sometimes.  After my very first published story, “Aggravated Vehicular Genocide,” I got a few letters from people assuming that what I’d presented as a just and necessary outcome was in fact a gross miscarriage of justice and should serve as the trigger for an interstellar war.

Meanwhile… I think I made things tough for editor Jetse de Vries with “No Dominion.”  The stories on the DayBreak Magazine site all feature an interactive Google Maps window at the end of the story, showing the key locations… but I didn’t really specify where Onogoroshima, the artificial-island arcology setting of the story, was located, beyond “in the Philippine Sea.”  He ended up placing Onogoroshima in the Bonin (aka Ogasawara) Islands, about 200 km north-northeast of Iwo Jima, placing it right on the edge of the Philippine Sea.  I guess that counts.  And it’s reasonable to put it close to Japan, seeing as how it’s named for the first island in Japanese mythology.

The other “No Dominion”-related location tags on the interactive map thingy are the University of the Philippines (in connection with the Filipina character Rosa Manzano, who could’ve been an alumna of that institution, though I didn’t specify), Brisbane Airport (for the origin point of DCI Craig’s flight to Onogoroshima), and Pittsburgh, for Charles Trendler’s hometown.  That’s thorough.

I don’t know if there’s a way to link directly to the map; just click on the link above to “No Dominion” and scroll to the bottom.

Seeing the locations from all the different DayBreak stories together on the same interactive map makes me wonder how many of these stories could actually fit together in a common reality.  Generally that’s not a likely proposition unless the writers or their editor consciously arrange it, since there are so many different ways of imagining the details of future technology, chronology, society, politics, etc.  Still, it’s an interesting thought.  Surely, in an anthology dedicated to optimistic futures, there would be some common threads.

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