Jan 18, 2018 8:39 PM
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"We used to have visitors from the western lands, and their accounts were generally internally consistent - and consistent with historical records - but none of it makes any sense. And no one's doing any real work on the problem, the whole thing's so politicized it's impossible to publish." 

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"That sucks. There's fields like that on Earth too."

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"Oh?" 

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"Uh, whether the climate of the planet is changing in ways that are our fault, research into how smart various groups of people are... that's what I've got off the top of my head but I think there's more."

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"....second thing makes sense, I'm struggling to reconstruct the politics that would make the first controversial." 

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"I would really want to look this up to be confident but reconstructing it from what I remember it's some combination of religious opinion that the Earth happens to be perfectly fine-tuned for human habitation and reluctance to believe that we might have to stop doing any of the things that might be causing it since they're so convenient in other ways."

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"Ah. We also have people like that." 

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"They're everywhere."

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She finishes up her food. "Uh, is there a place for me to stay here? Since I wouldn't have the first idea how to get home."

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"We have - dormitories, you said the word was? houses where many students live together? People are in and out all the time, I'm sure someone can find a bed at short notice." 

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"That should be fine, thank you. Do I need to worry about finding some way to earn money?"

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"Nonsense, you're a research subject! I'm sure the linguistics department can find funds for you somewhere." 

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Giggle. "Okay."

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And he will direct her to a dormitory. 

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She checks it for reasonable facsimiles of necessary amenities.

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The rooms are small, but with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. There's running water. The first floor has a common area and a smaller refectory, she can ask for a lamp if she needs one. 

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A lamp might be handy. "Thank you."

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"I hope you find everything to your liking! Ask Gimlith if you need anything, she's just at the end of the hall. I'll stop by tomorrow morning after my first lecture, but you can send for me before then." 

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"Okay. Is there an itinerary I should know about?"

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"I'd like to introduce you to some of my colleagues in the applied sciences, see if your world has any technical achievements we can reverse-engineer. The King will want to speak with you at some point, once he's been made aware of your existence, but possibly not until we have a better idea of the mechanics of inter-world travel. And Aglaril and I are co-authoring a paper on English syntax. But none of this is time-sensitive, you can settle in as you like." 

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"Okay, cool. I'm not a technical sort but I can probably ramble vaguely about electricity such that someone better at these things could get somewhere."

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"I have full faith in their abilities, little as I'm qualified to evaluate them." 

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"I'm certainly even less so."

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