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  Crash Override
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My search yielded no threads by this title, so I'm making a thread to discuss the book 11 years later!

I mentioned the idea of writing a commentary to it, I might start a blog for that purpose. But as a sneak peak, I'll start with a discussion here.

Prologue

The Embrace of Pain

Outside the universe, there is nothing.
This nothing is called hyperspace.
A tiny bubble of existence hangs in the nothing. This bubble is called a ship.
The bubble has neither motion nor stillness, nor even orientation, since nothing has no distance or direction. It hangs there forever, or for less than an instant, because in the nothing there is also no time. Time, distance, and direction have meaning only inside the bubble, and the bubble maintains the existence of these things only by an absolute separation of what is within from what is without.
The bubble is its own universe.
Outside the universe, there is nothing.

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The key to understanding one of the central theses of the novel is right there in the first paragraph of the prologue. Does anyone know the significance of this paragraph? I honestly never really thought much of it until I just re-read it just now.


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Well that was quick.
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Caedus_16 wrote:
Well that was quick.


It was completely improvised based on me opening the book to the prologue. I didn't realize the first paragraph coyly suggests the point Vergere is trying to make, though she sums it up in the Epilogue.

If you want to see some existing discussion about the themes of the book rather than a progressive commentary of the novel, this thread may help:

http://boards.theforce.net/threads/socrates-in-star-wars-vergere-in-the-njo-and-philosophy.50014127/


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