Sunday, October 31, 2004


It's comes from the book 'Ender's Shadow', by Orson Scott Card. The main character Bean, who has lived as an orphan all his life, doesn't know that his real name is Julian Delphiki. His teachers know the truth about the name, and much more, but are hiding it from him (they have their reasons). Here is an excerpt from the book:

That small knock at the door----Graff knew before the door opened who it would be.

If he had heard the argument, Bean gave no sign. But then, that was Bean's specialty, giving no sign. Only Ender managed to be more secretive---and he, at least, had played the mind game long enough to give the teachers a map of his psyche.

"Sir," said Bean.

"Come in, Bean." Come in, Julian Delphiki, longed-for child of good and loving parents. Come in, kidnapped child, hostage of fate. Come in and talk to the Fates, who are playing such clever little games with your life.

P.S. The saying, 'You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.' is attributed to Jack London.


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