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    I get the impression Alice is assuming that Mark assumed there was nothing stopping someone from outside just puttering over in a helicopter and unloading an army/whatever, and that his dash to Whitechapel, drone army etc have all been founded on a last-ditch attempt to protect himself. She meanwhile knows that even without a time-moat in the way, anyone without a lot of experience of the area is going to have to spend a lot of time poking around the outside trying to find a non-suicidal route through all the messed-up spacetime.
    KK meanwhile would have known you couldn't just fly through, but didn't know there was any reason to be discussing that with anyone.
    • CommentAuthorZeroDrop
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2011
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    Hahahaha, time-reversing the explosion of the bullet and consciously "unburning" the powder are two ways to undo the shot of Alice.

    To reverse the time locally seems a lot more plausible, because the time reversal itself takes care to "unburn" the powder, no explanation needed.

    But "unburn" powder by the Freakangels wish, without "time rewinding", this seems to violate the second law of Physics, and bring a lot more trouble.

    The exact way that happened between these two was not explained, altough seems to be the second case. Why I'm finding this kind of issue? Because the more coherence the story have, better is his value. That's the thing great sci-fi writers pursue, because the more coherent a story is, easier it gets to believe it. Like Arthur C. Clarke and his 2001 by Kubrick: until the final part, is 100% coherent. And even in the final part, he's dealing with another universe, another dimension, and when you cross that boundary, everything becomes possible without hurting coherence.

    When you write a historical story, you have to do a lot of research to remain faithful to the epoch of the story. If you wanna do a movie like "Quest for fire", taking place in the prehistoric time, you have to research to know how the cave men would behave, otherwise no one believe it. If you make a movie like "La reine Margot", you have to research clothing, habits, accent, dialect and so on to remain faithful to the story, or no one would believe it. With sci-Fi is no different, and lesser you have things without explanation, the better. If after Alice requested to put her shell back, some Freakangel said "ok, we can reverse the time on your shot", the coherence of the story would be dramatically increased. Just a little detail that makes some difference.

    But I still love Freakangels, despite of this very little detail! Great story!
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    TIME MOAT
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2011
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    you have to research to know how the cave men would behave, otherwise no one believe it.

    Because, of course, every discerning reader knows cave men from "cave men" and would recognize cultural anachronisms and inaccuracies.

    If after Alice requested to put her shell back, some Freakangel said "ok, we can reverse the time on your shot", the coherence of the story would be dramatically increased.

    But then they wouldn't be Freakangels.


    @Ben - Thanks, I think I can grasp your supposition. So then would Alice be bringing up the time weird spots by way of explaining that Americans must have been trying to get into London for years but always failed (till now) due to the lack of "safe" approaches?
    • CommentAuthorVox Doom
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2011
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    I'm going to randomly start shouting TIME MOAT at people without explaining why.
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    Issac Asimov said in an article from Isaac Asimov magazine "don't explain nothing. your time machine works, great, don't worry in saying how it works" the quote is not precise because I read it ten years ago, but I put it in the mural at my work desk just to do not try explaining things unnecessarily.
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      CommentAuthorArtenshiur
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2011
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    A misreading has led me to want a TIME BOAT. What floats on TIME.

    Seriously. The second law of Thermodynamics has nothing to do with a comic book full of telekinesis.