>natural, even if there no longer is a monarchy. What David was alluding to, I
>think, was the superficial tossing-about of traditional-sounding titles for
>cheap effect, in fictional contexts where such a social system doesn't have
>any plausible historical roots.
Except that he's applying it to the Vorkosigan novels, where the
social ssytem -does- have plausible historical roots (and where, in
fact, a social revolution is occuring during the books, largely thanks
to a single imported invention).
> (And yes, _The Fall of the Kings_ is a fantastic book!) :-)
It's very good. I don't, personally, like it as much as Swordspoint,
but I certainly eargerly await other books about that suniverse from
Joshua Kronengold (mneme@...
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