Comments on: Homunculus: Chapter 30: Network After all, it could only cost you your life, and you got that for free. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:45:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: Paul Kuliniewicz Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:58:33 +0000 My original plan with Other Dave was to have him make increasingly obscure references in each chapter he appeared in, until in the final chapter where he referenced Appendix A and nobody had any idea what he was talking about. Obviously, though, I abandoned that idea since I didn’t put enough planning into it, so the obscurity is kind of all over the map.

Additional obscure reference: the Simulacra were named after these Magi for obvious reasons, though I spelled one Caspar instead of Casper to avoid any unwanted friendly ghost connotations.

By: Renee Wed, 02 Dec 2009 05:41:30 +0000 I did get that he was monied, and even pretentious, but not unbearably so to me. He was not without morals, and did utilize his skills where he could. And perhaps I was moved to a higher degree of sympathy due to his desparate situation in the begining (and as it turned out, the middle and end) of the story. But hey, if you’re going to blow a few billion, why not turn yourself into a slew of ones and zeros in a few banks of computers? Something for you to save up for maybe? You’ll just need to come up with a slightly better system… Simulacrum 2.0

Also I love obscure references and insider meanings.
Fun Fact: Andrew Vienna, of Knowing Andrew fame, got his last name as a nod to Billy Joel.

By: Paul Kuliniewicz Wed, 02 Dec 2009 03:37:16 +0000 Thanks! I figured the middle initial and hyphenated surname would make him sound pretentious and monied, the sort of person who would spend a few billion trying to become immortal. Also, because he got his money doing web stuff, and Tim Berners-Lee invented the web.

More naming trivia: I chose to give the Daves the name “Dave” because Penn Jillette hates that name for being so bland and generic, ideal for breaking the One Steve Limit.

Other character names were mostly chosen arbitrarily.

By: Renee L. Tue, 01 Dec 2009 22:06:52 +0000 Oh my. Well Jacob F. Feldspar-Leigh is nothing if not decisive! (Excellent choice of surname by the by, have I mentioned that? One doesn’t come upon the hyphenated sort in stories very often.)
I liked the changing of the time on the backup system. Simple. Elegant. Devastating.
Again, great job. It’s been an exciting read all the way.