[ANSTHRLD] Looking for Info on Branches

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Wed Sep 12 15:49:05 PDT 2007

On Wed, 12 Sep 2007, Robert Wade <logiosophia at yahoo.com> wrote:
> tmcd at panix.com:
>> Note "Collegium": as you know, Bob, colleges can go dormant without
>> disbanding.
> Rhiannon, the one with the good memory, is Debbie.  Tostig, the one
> who went dormant, is Bob.  Have never been mistaken for my better
> half before.  Thanks for the compliment.

Um, actually, I'd forgotten you were Bob (or Robert).
"As you know, Bob" is a phrase out of SF literary criticism.
<http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycity.html> defines it:

     A pernicious form of info-dump through dialogue, in which
     characters tell each other things they already know, for the sake
     of getting the reader up-to-speed. This very common technique is
     also known as "Rod and Don dialogue" (attr. Damon Knight) or "maid
     and butler dialogue" (attr Algis Budrys).

Daniel de Lindo Colonia
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com

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