burning man in sf story

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by dw1797, May 30, 2005.

  1. dw1797

    dw1797 Stuck here in Bushland

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    Racking my brains for title/author of short story or novella. There was some sort of teleportation device that would take you to varying locations on a post climate-change Earth(i think) and maybe through time too. One of the scenes featured the burning man festival and maybe an abandoned rocketship was another. I thought it was either a Dan Simmons or Charles Sheffield story or maybe I read it in Dozois' Year's Best SF but I can't track it down.

    Anybody help?
     
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    fluffy bunny Tasty or your money back! Staff Member

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    You're looking for The Stars My Destination (also goes by the name Tiger Tiger) by Alfred Bester. One of the classics of the genre
     
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    dw1797 Stuck here in Bushland

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    Thanks, Fluffy. But what I'm thinking of was written much later than that.

    Just for fun I googled Bester Demolished Man and came up with this. :) :)

    www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/Alfred_Bester.htm

    Looks like a good site.

    It's years and years since I read both of Bester's books mentioned and had totally forgotten Tiger, Tiger. It certainly sounds like what I was looking for!
     
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    dw1797 Stuck here in Bushland

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    I've tracked it down myself. It's the long, long, long novel <i>Ilium</i> by Dan Simmons which is going to be followed by Olympos. It's got a great idea but I never finished it as, like Hyperion and Endymion before it which I did finish, it gets so bogged down in literary allusions that I just got bored with it. The Eloi thing is obvious but I missed the Bester thing if it was there at all.

    Thanks.
     
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    Kamakhya Seeker of Stuff

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    Illium mentions Burning Man, as in the one in Black Rock Desert in Nevada? Wow. Now, I will have to read it.