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In the third lair, you will find a plain brown scroll case.
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Return the case to the Draco Foundation unopened, and you will receive my lucky preces foot. May it bring you all the good fortune it brought me. To the Daughters of the Circle , I leave the Onyx Unicorn in the hope that they will find its true owner. If they fail to do so within a year of my death, ownership reverts to the Draco Foundation. To Holly Brighton , my dear friend and one of the most exceptional humans it has been my pleasure to know, I leave ownership of Lake Louise and the VisionQuest Virtual Theme Park and its subsidiary companies and support services.
It is my wish that she continue to reside there as she has done these past years. To the elusive TX , whom I know exists, I leave 10 million nuyen on the condition that she come in from the shadows and report to the UCAS government for testing and training. I give her full assurances that she will not be harmed. I further authorize my executor to grant this same sum to any person or group of people who find TX and bring her, alive and undamaged, to any UCAS military installation. I authorize an additional 10 million nuyen for the hiring of qualified individuals to escort her safely home and, if necessary, to avenge any mistreatment of her with extreme prejudice.
It seems there's no questioning of the role of authority itself. No wonder it's such a small, insignificant splinter in political discourse. There is a partial inability to tell what effect one's behaviour is having on other people, but it's a very different thing from a lack of empathy.
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Autistic people care about the feelings of others, and feel very deeply when they realise they've caused offence or pain, but they're not always very good at telling when that is. There are times and places when some statements are appropriate, and times and places when they're not. Most people have little or no difficulty telling when that is -- the rules are internalised -- but people with autism have incredible difficulty doing so. As an example, a relative of mine went to a funeral and said "Cheer up!
You look like someone has died! That's just something that you don't do, but he had no intention whatsoever of causing upset or offence -- he was trying to make people laugh. It wasn't that he didn't care, but that he didn't know what the proper behaviour in that situation was.
Please note that I am actually demonstrating empathy here by realising that you made that statement out of ignorance, even though you're going around propounding harmful, incorrect stereotypes about a minority group. In fact there's rather a lot of evidence that he didn't. Not doing so, but trying to.
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To quote from The Book Of The War: "She was quite aware of her importance as a new form of cross-breed, yet had her own concerns, being fiercely protective of her own internal dimensional mass and unwilling to participate in the Houses' planned force-breeding project". It's made very clear that she considered the Time Lords a minor nuisance, unable to harm her, and that she's far more powerful than them.
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Later on, she willingly bargains with them so both sides get what they want, but on her terms, not theirs, and she pretty much humiliates the Time Lord President in doing so. Compassion also appears as a major character in two of the Faction Paradox audio plays, again without any sign that Miles "had it in for" her.
If Miles 'had it in for' the character a character he created in the first place , surely he would have done something about it in the books he wrote and edited or the audio dramas he wrote? Andrew: "There is no such limitation to the ability to feel and empathise with Asperger's and other autism spectrum conditions, and it's a myth that there is.
I'd say that the inability to tell or predict the effect of one's behavior is a function of the breakdown of empathy. Mind you, it's a failure all of us will experience, because empathy relies on imagination, on putting ourselves into someone else's shoes and feeling what they would feel -- but of course, there's no one way to know someone else's subjectivity.
I suspect we're using different notion of the term "empathy" here, it's not just caring for the feelings of others, although that's a big component. As an example, a relative of mine went to a funeral and said 'Cheer up! Sure, it's well-motivated, wanting to see someone happy rather than sad, but that seems more "rules-based" than genuinely empathic. A genuinely empathic response is to participate in the grieving itself, to actually feel it. Like I said, I'm not familiar with this era at all -- and based on what I've heard about Yqantine, I could very well be talking about Cole. Then again, given the context of the interview Sandifer posted, and Miles' defense of the plot point -- especially the notion that Romana would be authorizing it -- I'm still inclined to think there was some antipathy towards the process of "compassion" in the first place, not to mention some deep-rooted misogyny.
I get that you don't actually understand just how horribly dehumanising you are being, by assuming that just because someone's reaction to grief is different from the norm that that means they're not feeling anything, but it is literally taking more energy I have right now not to virtually just scream at you. I know it's not deliberate, but this conflation of different behaviour with inability to understand the process of grieving is horribly, horribly offensive and ableist, and I don't have the mental energy right now -- I'm horribly unwell and not explaining myself very well and nor is this the place to educate you on the matter.
I apologise if the above is upsetting or offensive -- and that's a genuine apology, not an internet fauxpology. I'm really not well enough to word this properly. Miles also doesn't say anything about Romana in his interview, and nor does he ever write about her in any of his fiction.
Certainly in the version of 'history' Miles had control over, the President who eventually had dealings with Compassion was a thinly-veiled version of the Master. Another thing: Miles says a lot of strange things in that interview, but one thing that we need to unpack is the use of "tragedy.
Tragedy has to proceed from the characters and the situation in an organic way. This, by contrast, isn't really Compassion's story. It might be the beginning of Compassion's story--though it's a story that far too many women across various media have been put through--but in the ending as given, she doesn't have any agency at all. It's not about her in any meaningful sense, anyone could have been put through it.
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I do remember thinking Compassion was an interestingly realized character at the time, though I can't remember a thing about her now besides her being turned into a TARDIS. It's not Romana's tragedy, either--it's impossible to see how Romana's character could have evolved to a point where she would do this. It's an example of the kind of bad writing that plagues "mature" "deconstructions" of genre literature, where characters do things because it's shocking rather than because it fits.
I could name a million superhero stories like that. The thing is, is a sharp contrast to Miles's own better work. Dead Romance really was a tragedy. It has very similar themes--a woman who's violated and used as a pawn by higher powers, a former companion who takes horrific actions in the name of the Time Lords--but it's actually built around the characters. Christine isn't just someone who has bad things happen to her--for her, that's just the beginning of the story, and the book is about the struggle to establish herself as a "real" person.
Cwej's turn is also motivated by his fundamental character--he's been brainwashed by the Time Lords, but he's already someone with military training that can be turned to that purpose, and he's not nearly as strong-willed as Romana is. Another thing "tragedy" is that he's using it the same way headlines do, as "a bad thing that happens to someone. But he's using it in the exact same reductive way. So they wind up mirroring the same oppressive structures they're fighting against.
This also reminds me of certain things that bothered me about Dead Romance itself, the passage where Miles takes a potshot at Orman's Walking to Babylon: "I keep thinking about all those Barbara Cartland novels Lady Diamond used to read although she hid them inside copies of the Spiritualist Journal, natch. Full of shy, good-hearted, blushing Victorian gentlemen, making nervous passes at noble and free-minded heroines. Never mind the fact that Victorian gentlemen were nothing but misogyny and VD, never mind the fact that they spent most of their time beating up their wives and hanging around male brothels.
You get the same shit told to you over and over, the same old stabs at rewriting history, whether the stories are set in the French Revolution or ancient Babylon. He's replacing one set of illusions--a romantic view of the past--with the other--a completely brutal view of the past--rather than admitting that, you know, people are complciated. And this actually contradicts a lot of what makes Dead Romance work. The really awful thing about Cwej isn't just what he does, but that he's trying to do good in a framework that's fundamentally horrific.
It's hard not to think of conscientious white people like Thomas Jefferson in the days when slavery was legal speaking out against the evils of slavery while still owning and using slaves or, for that matter, our own dependence on economic systems that are based on the misery and degradation of people throughout the world. And it works so well because Miles, uncharacteristically, does not hammer the point home directly. So once again, Miles's philosophy of writing actually works against his best instincts as a writer.
Addendum: even if Miles intended that President to be the Master, it was Romana who was President in the actual book, and it was the ending where Romana would have had Compassion raped that he defended as "tragic. I have very fond, if vague, memories of this book and would have liked to see it examined as well.
Maybe the book version? I think more of an examination of Fitz's character would be nice, given that it seems to be the main legacy of the 8DAs in fandom. I've noticed that Dr. Sandifer and I, in spite of being around the same age, move in very different circles of fandom--I had no idea Gallifrey Base was even still around and would perhaps have preferred to remain blissfully ignorant. Like I said, only going on what I've picked up here.
Sandifer says, "Lawrence Miles wanted this plot to resolve with Romana authorizing the rape and forcible breeding of Compassion. Also, Compassion was named ironically? Why hasn't there been any discussion about this?