And on another note, way back here
, just after the fade, I predicted that the story would end at between 3,500 and 4,000 frames. That's looking a little high, but well within a reasonable margin of error on my estimate. (Does little happy dance.)
Yeah, that prediction is looking pretty good at this point (give or take; we'll have to Wait for It of course, even if no longer specifically instructed). Well done!
As people have said, we don't know for sure that this is building up to the ending yet. We might be in the process of dropping a torpedo into the ventilation shaft (== ending imminent), we might only be dropping the ring into Mount Doom (== ending to come, but a fair amount of cool-down time first), or we might only be crossing the river into Rivendell (== just getting warmed up).
While there is plenty of story that could still be told, this feels too much like a grand climax to me; I think we're in the first scenario, or (my personal hope, but not expectation) the second. Consider that when the party arrives at Rivendell, the most urgent problem (ringwraiths descending on Frodo) is solved, but the biggest problem (Sauron is ascending, and seeking the ring) is not. Here in Time, the biggest problem -- petatons of water on the move -- is in the process of being resolved, one way or another. The aftermath will have many problems of its own, but not of the same flavor. The story would have to downshift into a very different mode. Could happen, of course, but I expect GLR is ready to take a break from all this.
(Hmm... Lucifer's Hammer has a somewhat analogous situation, and there the resolution of the initial deluge is just a warmup to the main story. But in that story, the initial event was transformative of the entire world, not just the flooded areas.)
My long-term hope, I think, is that while the current incarnation of Time may end soon, it will not be the last incarnation. GLR might start "book two" someday, possibly with changes to the structure and medium. Other artists might begin to explore the possibilities. Or, hard though it is to imagine, we might just be able to look forward to something that will be as much grander than Time as Time was to Click & Drag (itself quite awe
Oh, chiming in late on the books thing: anything
by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Miles Vorkosigan stories are awesome sci-fi; start with The Warrior's Apprentice. Her fantasy series are amazing as well. Most similar to the Pern books might be the Sharing Knife series (start with Beguilement), though my favorites are the series that begins with The Curse of Chalion. (And add my vote to the Diskworld series; it is simply essential. The first few books in the series are a bit rough so you might want to start somewhere around Guards! Guards!
if you're not a completist, or at least book 3 Equal Rites
b2bomberkrh wrote:...Oh, and one more, "To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis.
Yes! That book is so awesome. Set in the same world, *much* darker but very powerful, is the Doomsday Book. And now I'll shut up about books, don't want to hijack the thread too much.