Mark Simmons (scorpio@best.com)
Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:32:29 -0800


Following up on Eddie's summary of the F91 novels...

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> subplot about how his son went into politcs, became a young leader admired
> by many because of his ability to go against the oldfart bureacrats, but he
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  The substance of Hauserie Ronah's political career is also highly
relevant. Basically, by the second century UC, the human population has
rebounded from the genocide of the One Year War. The colonies, which were
briefly underpopulated after the war, have filled up again and turned into
overcrowded slums. The Ronah family decide that something has to be done
about the population problem (you even get scenes of them discussing the
farsighted Giren Zabi, and sighing that his extreme population-control
measures aren't feasible in the current political climate!).

  For the most part, Hausery Ronah's political causes are all related to
population and ecology - pollution cleanup, euthanasia, stuff like that. His
assassination (in UC 0118) convinces the family that they can't fix the
problem through regular politics, whereupon they launch the Rafflesia
Project that culminates in the creation of the genocide machines known as
Bugs.

> over to Iron Mask, his son-in-law who married into the Ronah family

  Originally named Karosso Viggenson - reflecting his lower social status,
he adopted his wife Nadia's family name. Dorel is actually Karosso's son
from a former marriage, making him Berah/Cecily's stepbrother.

-- Mark

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