Sunday, 30 October 2016

In The Saturn Room Of The Hotel Universe, Lunograd

Nicholas van Rijn almost shares another banquet with the reader but Poul Anderson does not complete his description of van Rijn's order:

Limfjord oysters;
chilled crabs and asparagus tips;
fifty grams of Strasbourg pate;
onion soup a la Ansa;
wine with the soup...

"He went on for several minutes." (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p.136)

So why could we not have read the rest of it?

Van Rijn's host in the Saturn Room of the Hotel Universe, Bayard Story, orders the onion soup, recommended by van Rijn, and "'...the tournedos on the regular dinner, medium rare...'" (ibid.)

Story wants Solar Spice & Liquor to support the Seven in Space during the Mirkheim crisis. Van Rijn refuses and warns:

"'You will be surprised, Freeman, at how much I can bite all by myself.'" (p. 144)

Sure will. Solar will expose the Seven's arming of the Baburites.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And we also find out who Bayard Story truly was and his real ambitions and aspiration. And of how he manipulated the Baburites for those ends.