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Minuet in Hell--some minutiae

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:03 am    Post subject: Minuet in Hell--some minutiae Reply with quote

Saw this at Wikepedia....

"The fictional state of Malebolgia is described as having been created by recently seceding from another state. Two American states have been created in this way: West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the American Civil War, and Maine split off from Massachusetts in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise.

Given the "Bible Belt" setting, the secession of Malebolgia from another state may be a reference to the commonly-held notion that the state of Texas retains the right to subdivide itself into (up to five) other states. However, there is no such secession movement in any American state, and the legal case for Texas being able to subdivide at will is weak (see article).

The character B.E. Dashwood seems to be under the impression that Philadelphia is a state; it is not. Rather, it is a city in the state of Pennsylvania.

He lists it, along with Massachusetts and Maine, as great states whose reputation and honor should be matched in time by Malebolgia, eliciting applause from his audience. This is odd, however, because Massachusetts and Maine (as well as Pennsylvania) are northern, "Yankee" states with very different cultural and political histories and a long-standing rivalry with the southern, Bible-belt states (including the Civil War itself).


These may be scripting errors, although given the historical anomalies that propagate through future stories (especially Invaders from Mars, and The Time of the Daleks) they could be explained away as anti-time contamination."
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Minuet in Hell--some minutiae Reply with quote

Down East wrote:
"These may be scripting errors, although given the historical anomalies that propagate through future stories (especially Invaders from Mars, and The Time of the Daleks) they could be explained away as anti-time contamination."


Paul Cornell's Seasons of Fear audioplay has an apparent big scripting error in which Benjamin Franklin is referred to as the President of the United States at one point. Someone took Paul to task on his yahoo list (DownAmongtheDeadMen) for this apparent booboo, and he said it was a reflection of the disordered timeline which is described further and eventually set to right in Neverland.

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