copr. 1986 by Steve and Win Marsh

POB 2552, Wichita Falls, TX 76307


Guess getting computers is infectious. The scoop on this is that I've a Kaypro PC, Amdek 310, Toshiba P321. This is being written using Wordstar*3.3. I'm comparing it to PC-Write 2.6 which I've used briefly and PC-Write 2.7 which is coming in the mail shortly. (I've used Wordstar before on a CP/M system but this is definitely better than on the Altos/Televideo/Nec set-up I had acces to then).


Mark Swanson/Legion I'm glad to hear that Germaine is recovering. I spent a fair amount of time with Jessica in the hospital following high fever and convulsions and know what it is like. // I'm irked that a Thieves World Companion was produced with nary a word to the other authors of the first book.

Blade & Carol Kirk/Senic I hope that Civil War in Pell turns out as good as it looks. // If the ships are closing (or at least one ship is trying to close) missles can reasonably be expected to intercept. At least part of the time. If your spinal mounted weapon is a missle thrower and if your missiles are capable of 20G of accelleration for 100 seconds (reasonable actually) it becomes possible to hit things with missles. (After all, why do you think the missle mounts are so expensive?)

Stan Heckman/Evolution I suggested a metasystem for magic (from the GM's view of balanced power) in my Fantasy Champions and a metasystem for magic (from the world/character's view) in my earlier write-ups of my five elements magical system (which had some essays on the physics of magic and all). There are times when I feel really ignored. This issue was one of them and your comments kind of rubbed it in. C'est dommage, C'est frommage as a friend of mine used to say.

Adam A. Sabra/Desk I wasn't clear enough. Inflation as a means of destroying debt was an alternative but not the one that horrified my banker.

What did the banker was my suggestion that the Federal Government liquidate the debt. Let me explain in detail. When the national debt is increased the government creates both debt and cash in the same transaction. All the disadvantages of borrowing to finance deficits together with all the problems of just running the printing presses.

The result is that if the government just "printed" enough money to pay off the national debt the money supply would remain the same (the debt instruments would be converted from federal debt instruments to federal reserve notes--another kind of debt instrument).

The banks could continue to make a profit the normal way (which is to invest in local business and land/mortgages). The problem we have with reducing the debt through reduced defense spending is that defense is only 25% of the national budget. The interest on the debt alone is greater than the defense budget (though back when Kennedy started the national debt, defense was 50% of the budget).

The problem is interesting as the interest burden is rapidly approaching an amount greater than total tax revenue. We are not paying the interest (not to mention not making any inroads on the capital/debt portion of it) and we are adding to it every year. I suspect that runaway inflation will be forced upon us as a "cure" (it is what happens to "Banana Republics").

Which is why I've had such patience with Reganomics. Nothing else is going to work (given our political system) and it isn't so rediculous to try magic (if it had worked--i.e. sparked an even greater economic recovery from the Carter administration than we got--it would have been great. The "failure" has stalled disaster better than anything else has so far. I've mixed feelings about it all but I'm trying faith).

David Dunham/Anarchy I enjoyed the story. Thank you very much. I'll be doing more reviews thanks to your encouragement.

Training goes on all the time. I take time every year for 15 to 30 hours of formal training as an attorney (and alot of informal hours). We have colleges, workshops, seminars, etc.

Every martial artist I've known or heard of trained alot (if they got any good). Many stories are based on someone traveling to find a teacher who is good enough for that next +5 to +10% in training improvements.

Craftsmen exist because not everyone is good enough to train others (you can start work long before you can teach) and because teaching/training is a seperate skill from the skill taught.

Mark M. Keller/Sphere I find that when I work, if I write it out long hand and do revisions in long hand--with a minimum of cut and paste--that the quality of my revisions increases dramatically. I need the "freedom" to rewrite everything. I found that I needed to carry that over to using a computer and to overcome the temptation to edit rather than to write.

Bob Butler/First Welcome back. I trust you got your review copy of the latest in Champions minatures?

The sf combat that I liked the best worked with probes (you call them drones) attatched to ships. The probes deploy the active sensing systems used for long range guidance of weapon systems, close to areas/volumes of suspected targets, lead the way for the mothership and maintain tight-beam communications.

Probes fit the role that scouts and forward observers fit in "modern" combat. Probes would also launch phased array radar sets (why run combat radar from your ship? Thirty kilometers/3 kilograms of wire and a small power source and you've got an awesome phased array. Run four or five of them together and cross-correllate) establish baselines and do other useful chores. I am not certain what the optimum configuration of probes to ships (since it depends on things like expected casualties and the technology behind the weapons and sensors) but I liked a system that used three or four to a ship.

Brian McCue/Madwand Thank you for your comments. I've included a few more book reviews as a result.

Skeen's Leap by Jo Clayton/DAW. First book of a trilogy. It is clearly labled as such. Good fun, some mix of sf&f.

The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly/Del Rey. First book of a two or three volume set. First warning is on the last page in the midst of a very intense sequence. Boycott this book until the author reforms.

Killashandra by Anne McCaffery/Del Rey. Another book about McCaffery's crystal singer. The book is independent and complete of itself and a good read.

The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage by Greg Bear/Berkeley Fantasy. An ambitious work about world building, billion year feuds and magic. He pulled it off (much to my delight and my surprise).

John T. Sapienza, Jr./Dragonsbreath I was hoping for several results from my zine on purpose and apazines.

First, I wanted someone to respond with the information that Win needed to write a zine (i.e. this is what you need to do to write a zine that is acceptable).

Second, I wanted to draw some of the readers out of the wood work. The few letters I've received from readers have inspired more response from me than anything else. If readers would write to say "this is what I read, this is what I want to see" I believe it would benefit everyone. All it takes is typing a one page letterzine.

Third, I wanted to draw some thought on what TWH is and what it is going to become. Essays like yours responded admirably to that desire. Thank you.

Also, my congrats on your entering the computer era. I hope that your Amdek 310A pleases you as much as mine has pleased me. I'm curious to see how you like Reflex and The Norton Commander as well as how WordPerfect suits you.

Guess I'll see your printer choice shortly...

(Win was doing a zine and lost it to a disk error. She may yet appear if she finds the time to do it over.)