Off Topic: Dune Roller, RSS and Aiken Redux
- Will someone please ...
(a) Tell me where I can find a copy of 'Dune Roller'? It seems to me
this is essential reading for any JMD enthusiast, and I haven't a
clue how to find it.
(b) Explain the practical value of RSS format?
The search for the original Aiken Drum has taken on one rather comic
aspect: It would seem that James Hogg, who cataloged the Jacobite
tunes "Aiken Drum" and the commonly associated "Piper of Dundee," was
a crony of Sir Walter Scott, and the name may well be an in-joke
between the two of them. In his novel 'The Anitquarian,' Scott
(himself an antiquarian frequently criticized by less celebrated and
undoubtedly rather jealous antiquarian fellows), has his main
character make casual reference to attending Aiken Drum's wedding.
Some interesting implications there.
Any comment? What say you, Sepiternity? ... and this time, if you
include any Scots Gaelic in your answer, kindly provide a translation
into English. Your point is well taken that there are those far
better qualified than I to be speculating about the origin of Aiken
Drum among the names of Gaelic antiquity (still, cognates are
cognates, and up for grabs). The problem is that no one
else seems willing to take the trouble -- and we could use a well-
tuned Scottish ear on this hunt. Even JM left this one hanging
(see 'A Pliocene Companion'.)
BTW ... anyone sick to death of unreadable Celtic fonts like
American Uncial should have a look at Michael Everson's new Loch
Garman. He has designed (and used as a master typesetter) a
remarkable collection of Celtic fonts, including a set of Ogham fonts
suitable for scholarly use. His URL is www.evertype.com
- Hello,Well, I can help you with your first question......the story 'Dune Roller' can be found in the anthology 'The Great SF Stories 13: 1951 (Book 13 in the Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories series)'.Further info can be found at this link - http://books.fantasticfiction.co.uk/t0/t1132.htmI have a copy myself of the book - 'Dune Roller' is a good little thriller about a mysterious (and deadly?) object that has fallen to earth near a small town, and like JM's other work, you are aware that she knows quite a bit about geology etc when you read it. :-)High Thoughts- Nicolette :-)On 10 Aug 2004 at 20:07, PD Whitener wrote:> Will someone please ...>> (a) Tell me where I can find a copy of 'Dune Roller'? It seems to me> this is essential reading for any JMD enthusiast, and I haven't a> clue how to find it.