Talk:Doorways in the Sand

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"a unique style of storytelling that sets this work apart from many science fiction novels."

Zelazny was good, and this is a good novel, but unique seems a little optimistic. I'm no expert on styles of storytelling, but I expect someone can find an old master who used it. Midgley 23:56, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

I've watered that down a bit, asserting it is a style and the style sets this novel apart and going on a bit about him experimenting her ean there... Midgley 23:14, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

Seems like the plot summary should mention the Starstone/Speicus in the last part. Milkfish 23:25, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

Indeed it does, so I've inserted that. ChrisWinter 07:11, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Zeb Carter is relevant how exactly?[edit]

Robert A. Heinlein's character Zebadiah J Carter in The Number of the Beast was a perpetual inhabitant of a university, though post-graduate.

Many people are perpetual inhabitants of universities. Is there some other correlation? If not, I suggest this be deleted for irrelevence. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 68.34.156.186 (talk) 03:05, 17 March 2007 (UTC).

More to the point, it is unlikely on the face of it that a 1976 book would make a reference to a 1980 book partially serialized in 1979, so the statement should not be included without specific evidence. I deleted the entire section, as neither I nor wikipedia (it's a dead link) have heard of the other supposed reference. 12.107.75.155 13:06, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
RIchard GOrdon's Doctor in the House wahis was 1950s I think had the first example of this story element that I saw, but I suspect it has been used in previous civilisations. Midgley (talk) 21:39, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

"makes communication easy"[edit]

I'm not a terrible nitpicker, I hope, but this line is off. Fred and the starstone communicate when he is drunk becuase it is a symetrical molecule that spans the problem of Fred being right handed and the Starstone being left handed (or one based on L-forms and the other on R-forms). When inverted via the machine the Starstone is completly activated becuase of it's inversion. Previously it had only been partially activated in the presence of a symetrical molecule. Unfortunatly, the change of the stone from an R-form to an L-form, via the machine, coincides with Fred's flip the other way. If only one had flipped things would be fine, but L-starstone is no more able to communicate with R-Fred than R-Starstone could communicate with L-Fred. The social lubricant is still needed. Someone more nerd than I needs to fix this. IF this wasn't an important story point I would ignore it, but, alas, it is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.191.157.40 (talk) 05:46, 16 July 2008 (UTC)