- Editors: Please keep these annotations SPOILER-FREE by not revealing information from later pages in the novel. And please pay attention to formatting and grammar. Preview your changes before saving them. Thanks!
- 1 The ONANtiad, cont.
- 2 Hal's History of Television Before Subsidized Time
The ONANtiad, cont.
an area near Buffalo, N.Y., famous for its high amount of toxic waste and the effects it had on the residents there
Environmental Protection Agency
a town in New Hampshire very close to the Canadian border
Rumford is in Maine, less than 50 miles due east of Berlin, N.H.
the capital of Vermont
a city about twenty miles west of Berlin, N.H.
a misspelling of "aneurysm," it's a bursting of a weak blood vessel, if in the brain, usually causing a stroke
a city 15 miles up the coast from Boston
FROM SYRACUSE TO TICONDEROGA, NY
This line would go right through Adirondack Park in New York.
FROM TICODEROGA, NY TO SALEM, MA
The lower corner of Vermont lies below this line.
a group of sycophants
a synthetic substance used in, among other things, bulletproof vests
a disparaging remark
defined by the Cambridge Online French-English dictionary as an interjection "expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm"
i.e., a moron
overtaken by darkness
Spanish for "testicles"
for lack of something better.
see discussion of "redemised" at page 319
"Scenarios" is the correct plural.
The Tyrolean hat, named after the region of Tyrol, is associated with the Austrian Alps. Tyrolean hats have a cord wrapped around the base of the crown and a feather or brush on the side as trim. For an example, see right.
the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
"Eminent domain" is the right of the government to seize private property to serve a greater good. This would be the opposite, i.e., the right of the government to divest or cede private property to serve the greater good.
French: of course
United States Organizations, an organization dedicated to entertaining troops at war
coup de grâce
French: death blow
hard to deal with or manage
a territory of northwest Canada that borders Alaska's western border
According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, this is "the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage, esp. by creating diplomatic crises."
This is one-third of a revolution per minute. LPs go literally 100 times faster.
'Flight of the Bumblebee'
an interlude in The Tale of Tsar Saltan, an opera by Russian composer Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
a misunderstanding or disagreement between persons or nations
Federal Elections Commission
Strategic Air Command
of or pertaining to the climax of a play, movie, etc
a chemical element that contaminates homes in gaseous form
doesn't appear to be a real place
the capital of Connecticut
a brand of glue
Context indicates that the word should be remuneration.
the second most populous city in S. Africa, on the country's southeast coast
Page 409 (cont'd)
French: Clipperton himself
this is the aberration of light across a field
a brand of fruit and fruit drinks
Hal's History of Television Before Subsidized Time
beginning to develop
alternate spelling of Sichuan
a reference to the anti-trust act introduced by Sen. John Sherman of Ohio (1823-1900)
Tele-Communications, Inc. (now defunct)
John C. Malone (born 1941), now CEO of Liberty Media
Turner Broadcasting System, founded by Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (born 1938)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Wikipedia)
American Council of Disseminators of Cable
Look at the first letters of the capitalized words.
a surgical procedure whereby fat is literally sucked out of the body
Political Action Committees
Rapid Eye Movement
an alternate spelling of "cabal," meaning a small group of secret plotters
the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back(bone)
black and white
suggestive of an uncle
a brand-name ointment for hemorrhoids
a super advertisement, using the German über ("super") as a prefix
Major League Baseball
Ch. 11 protection
Chapter 11, a section of the bankruptcy code under which one could file for protection from creditors
Dow turned Grizzly
i.e., a bear (downward-moving) market environment began
a once-successful television series on ABC
La Honda CA
a tiny town in San Mateo County, California
In the manner of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun with wings crafted from feathers and wax by his father Daedalus. The heat from the sun melted the wax, whereupon Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.
a minor mogul, or perhaps a female mogul
the entrepreneurial company founder H. Wayne Huizenga
a type of dive
the bridge that connects Charleston and Chelsea, Massachusetts, over the Mystic River
vox- and digitus-populi
Vox populi means "voice of the people" in Latin. Digitus populi would be "finger of the people."
Central Processing Unit
as with tentacles
the seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) that came out of the Bell System divestiture, a result of the outcome of an antitrust lawsuit (1974) against the monopolistic AT&T
General Telephone and Electronics
in a way suggesting that people are very much in a state of nature, i.e., without rules or laws; derived from English philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Used in the 2 times the square root of area formula, the exclamation point denotes a factorial.
This formula becomes very complicated, if the factorial's argument is not an integer, which is likely to be the case when taking the square root of a random number (area).
used here, meaning as close to reality as possible
lying on the Equator
regarding the study of mushrooms
listlessness or dissatisfaction through a lack of occupation or excitement
in the style or manner of Richard Wagner, the German operatic composer