inconsistencies (was: ... and some stuff on Athyra)

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Sat Mar 22 11:27:40 PST 2003

On Fri, 21 Mar 2003, Davis, Iain E. wrote:

#Perception or point of view changes many things. :)
#Brust is spoiling me.  I'm coming to expect the characters to have
#points of view or differing opinions of something that happened in the
#other fiction I read....:)

Which reminds me of something I've been thinking of for a while.

In recording and recalling real life -- history, current events, news
reporting, eyewitness accounts, what happened last night -- complete
consistency between accounts is rare. Even the same person will say
different things at different times, often with complete sincerity each

Perhaps Steve's political interests have made him more aware of this
fact than most f/sf authors.  Whatever the reason, ISTM that given the
multiple POVs within the Dragaera oeuvre, the inconsistencies are more
realistic than complete consistency would be.

-- Mark A. Mandel
   a Steven Brust Dragaera fan website