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Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:18 pm
by Mythbhavd
I have two totally unrelated questions. The first question is related to chaos/order. To some of the characters, Chaos seems to work like electricity. If that's so, if it would be possible to create an EMP would that disrupt a chaos user's ability?

The second question arises from a rereading of Heritage of Cyador. Drusyn states that he doesn't believe the enemy will attack because they are preparing warm meals. It doesn't appear a long march is in order to enter battle from their staging point, so it wouldn't seem to be a matter of time taken to prepare and clean up a meal. Why would cold rations be better than a warm meal on the day of a battle?

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:04 am
by lmodesitt
Technically, I wouldn't be surprised if an EMP would disrupt both the abilities of chaos and order users, simply because the amount of energy involved would likely disrupt anything, but... since no one's generating electricity in the world of Recluce, at least in the time periods I'm writing about,that's an issue I'm not likely to be addressing.

You're forgetting about the logistics of preparing a hot meal under those conditions. Cookfires have to be started, then allowed to get to the right temperature for cooking. Troops have to be staged through eating. It takes a fair amount of time to do that. Then there's also the problem that weather conditions are usually better in the early part of the day -- unless it's already raining. So unless you want to fight a battle in the afternoon, it's unlikely that an army is going to prepare warm meals.

Those were my thoughts, anyway.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:39 pm
by Mythbhavd
As to the first question, I didn't know if it'd be possible for a mate/wizard to duplicate a pulse. As to the second question, that makes a lot of sense. I hadn't considered waiting for the fires to get to the right temperature.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:48 pm
by Gil galad
I just did a re-read of The Ecolitan Operation and have one question: What exactly is a flitter?

I had always thought you just meant a helicopter but using the description of groundcar travel s a comparison, the flitters described here seem to fly too fast.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:23 am
by lmodesitt
A flitter is a flying personal transport system based on the lifting body concept, where lift is supplied by airflow over the entire flitter.


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Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:52 am
by JTass
lmodesitt wrote:A flitter is a flying personal transport system based on the lifting body concept, where lift is supplied by airflow over the entire flitter.


L.E. Modesitt, Jr.


I had always pictured a flitter as a Dune-style ornithopter

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:39 pm
by IndomitableEm
Quick question. :)

I'm rereading "Imager", and Dichartyn mentions that "Cyran destroyed Rex Defou and put his son on the throne."
Spoiler: show
Unless there was another Rex Defou, we know that it was Alastar who completed this task. Was this just an oversight in writing, or is this part of Quaeryt's "curse", where those who do great deeds for the benefit of the majority of people are forgotten?

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:13 am
by lmodesitt
Partly that, and partly the usual historical errors.


L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:24 am
by Mythbhavd
Last night, as with many nights, I was having trouble sleeping. As I lay in bed trying to fall asleep, I began to think about Anna and the characters in the Spellsong series. I found myself wondering how to stop or defeat a singer. As I pondered, I thought about Alastair. He taught his imagers to image pepper at their enemies. While singing pepper at someone would be darksong, pepper, dust, or anything that would clog the airways or cause sneezing would seem to be able to temporarily stop a singer long enough to make an escape or stop something they were attempting. In the Spellsong system, how effective would a ploy like that be?

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:02 pm
by lmodesitt
As a matter of fact, it would be quite effective -- at least for the first few times, and if the timing and location were absolutely perfect.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:16 am
by Mythbhavd
Do you ever have these moments?

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Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:38 am
by lmodesitt
Some of them. I suspect every author has some.


L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:29 pm
by Lucent
So, a few questions back you replied that people were not generating electricity on the planet on which Recluce lies. (what's the name of the planet again? Not Corus) At the time period in which you are writing. The question is that at the end of "Death of Chaos", Lerris states that the bound Chaos and Order would come apart again someday, any chance of an Urban Fantasy in the future based on the Recluce mechanics? You know, rogue chaos wizard Lucent wreaking havoc in Fort Worth! Just in case you needed help with the plot :-)

Re: More Questions from an L.E. Modesitt Fan

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:52 pm
by lmodesitt
I'm sorry to say that I'm probably not going to write far-future Recluce novel. I won't say "never," because I've learned in life that that word is too dangerous to utter seriously, but it's highly unlikely.


L. E. Modesitt, Jr.