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I sometimes write reference pieces for myself so I can give some context to myself about what I’m writing. Those pieces usually are never seen by others, but they’re useful for me, and they make a better book for everyone else. This is one of those pieces. In the book, humans get around space via “The Flow” — a “metacosmological multidimensional space” that’s not of this I sometimes write reference pieces for myself so I can give some context to myself about what I’m writing. Those pieces usually are never seen by others, but they’re useful for me, and they make a better book for everyone else. This is one of those pieces. In the book, humans get around space via “The Flow” — a “metacosmological multidimensional space” that’s not of this universe but lets people get around in it at multiples of the speed of light. I decided I needed to give The Flow an origin story, as well as understand how people discovered it, so I wrote this piece for myself, which I am sharing with you now.


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I sometimes write reference pieces for myself so I can give some context to myself about what I’m writing. Those pieces usually are never seen by others, but they’re useful for me, and they make a better book for everyone else. This is one of those pieces. In the book, humans get around space via “The Flow” — a “metacosmological multidimensional space” that’s not of this I sometimes write reference pieces for myself so I can give some context to myself about what I’m writing. Those pieces usually are never seen by others, but they’re useful for me, and they make a better book for everyone else. This is one of those pieces. In the book, humans get around space via “The Flow” — a “metacosmological multidimensional space” that’s not of this universe but lets people get around in it at multiples of the speed of light. I decided I needed to give The Flow an origin story, as well as understand how people discovered it, so I wrote this piece for myself, which I am sharing with you now.

30 review for The Origin of the Flow

  1. 5 out of 5

    César Bustíos

    Those must have been exciting times to live. This is how the Flow was discovered and how humanity successfully managed to travel over a "stream" for the first time: the Mainz Rift. Also, an early look at the dawn of the Wu corporation. Loved it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Very cool prequel story, which Scalzi & Emperox/Flow Empire fans should definitely check out. It's a secret history, of sorts. Here is the accidental discoverer of the Metabrane idea: "she was desperately trying to finish her fucking dissertation, which was about something else entirely. She couldn’t just abandon years of research and antagonize her dissertation advisor, who she was pretty sure hated her guts anyway, on the mere suggestion of metabranes maybe poking into normal spacetime. Very cool prequel story, which Scalzi & Emperox/Flow Empire fans should definitely check out. It's a secret history, of sorts. Here is the accidental discoverer of the Metabrane idea: "she was desperately trying to finish her fucking dissertation, which was about something else entirely. She couldn’t just abandon years of research and antagonize her dissertation advisor, who she was pretty sure hated her guts anyway, on the mere suggestion of metabranes maybe poking into normal spacetime. That was fine and all, but what she really wanted to do was get her doctorate, find a teaching job, marry her fiancé and go on a honeymoon in Anguilla with nothing to do but drink fruity drinks and sex up her new spouse. And indeed Dalimunthe did all of those things, in roughly that order. . . ."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill T.

    "The weird news was that the Vasquez’s signal was...." Oh, well done, Mr. Scalzi. Lull us into a nice, light, easy read and then -- pow! -- the "oh, wow!" moment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Great short 4* narration and story for those who are fans of the author and series. As I am both, this gets high marks from me, even better it was created for a great cause. Does not standalone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Branch

    Not really a book, but just a relatively short blog post available at the author’s site, here: https://whatever.scalzi.com/2019/11/0... It’s basically a bit of author research in short story / synopsis form on the structure known as the Flow that appears in Scalzi’s Interdependency series. It’s a very quick read, nicely done, and of interest to anyone reading those books. Nothing critical or integral to the plot of the books; but it’s cool to see a writer’s thought process on things like this, so Not really a book, but just a relatively short blog post available at the author’s site, here: https://whatever.scalzi.com/2019/11/0... It’s basically a bit of author research in short story / synopsis form on the structure known as the Flow that appears in Scalzi’s Interdependency series. It’s a very quick read, nicely done, and of interest to anyone reading those books. Nothing critical or integral to the plot of the books; but it’s cool to see a writer’s thought process on things like this, so I would certainly recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Interesting backgrounder for the larger Scalzi work The Last Emperox. From Scalzi's post, "...this origin story of The Flow is not 'canonical' — which is to say, while I wrote it to understand the universe I created, I reserve the right in the future to ignore it entirely or in parts if, for the purposes of writing a new book in the universe, I decide to go in another direction. To that respect, you could consider it 'fan fiction' of my own universe. Which I think is pretty nifty."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    It feels weird to rate what is essentially a collection of paragraphs posted to a blog, so I will not do so. It's an enjoyable but inessential bit of Interdependency backstory, but in a year without a single Scalzi novel, it will have to suffice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zaphied

    While being in very little ways connected to the overall arcing storyline of the Interdependency it somehow managed to keep the tone fantastically so. What a great piece of world building.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy Mills

    Enjoyable addition to the Interdependency universe. I like that Scalzi thought through how the discovery of the Flow might have been made.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  11. 4 out of 5

    Piotr Balcer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andre Simonsen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Markus

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alfred

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marco

  17. 4 out of 5

    C

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  19. 5 out of 5

    Index2

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pharm-Hood

  21. 5 out of 5

    Technomage

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ranger One

  23. 4 out of 5

    Connor

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ramunas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gopal Iyer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nedd

  29. 5 out of 5

    Doug Braam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anja

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