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How many Heisenbergs would you need to make one Smaug?
In the episode of Breaking Bad entitled "Ozymandias" (aka The Greatest Fifty Minutes in Television History), it was revealed that Walter White's buried stash of drug money amounted to US $80 million.
On the Forbes website for their annual "Fictional 15" list, it was estimated that the hoard of Smaug the Dragon (from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit) amounted to US $62 billion dollars.
Divide 62 billion by 80 million, and you get 775. So Smaug is 775 times as wealthy as Walter White.
I don't recall any mention of blue crystals in Smaug's hoard
Speaking of which, some of the older Orion's Arm stories will be included in the new anthology. You now have the opportunity to vote for the ones you feel most worthy of inclusion. Just go to the announcement page www.voicesoa.net/20112012-shor… and read as many of the linked stories as possible (most of them are quite short). Then go to the survey page kwiksurveys.com/app/rendersurv… and rate the stories from favourite to least favourite.
There is a similar option for the Cover Art Contest. www.voicesoa.net/oa-short-fict…
- Listening to: Rockaria by ELO
- Drinking: Ginger beer
- Drinking: Coffee
Here's the English translation of the Russian Translation.
As you can see, the Russian title translates as "Immortal Penalty", which is quite appropriate given the plot.
My Orion's Arm serial "Initiation" (which also features the Queen - oops, She Who Must Not Be Named) has also been translated on Samizdat.
- Drinking: Water
I particularly like the "criticism" that accuses me of having "too much thinking time" for that story. That's right, "too much thinking time" for a 15,500 word novelette. Gee, where does that put Lord of the Rings?
When I started writing that story, it was 2 years after 9/11 and nearly a year after the Bali Bombing. So if you want to blame someone for the Queen of Pain, blame the terrorists.
- Reading: My own draft
- Drinking: Sarsaparilla
If you can write a decent short story set in the Orion's Arm universe in the time you have left, by all means give it a go.
I am presently writing a novelette that features these two characters: