October 12th, 2008

(no subject)

Got started reading today, instead of writing first; bad idea. Had had a thought for an SF scene, involving a human ambassador being so overjoyed at successfully concluding a treaty with a bunch of hi-grav aliens that he leaps up, grabs his opposite number, and dances him/her/it around the room, while the alien ambassador is urgently inquiring of his translator "What is this? Why are we doing this?" And the translator has to call for backup, who explains "His excellency is overjoyed, and is trying to share his joy with you."

"Couldn't he do that with a species that has more of a history of voluntary movement?"

"No, Excellency; he wants to share joy with *you*. We could get him to calm down and try a different technique, though."