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June 9, 2017
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Ryk E. Spoor
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Dave Boyd said
When you pointed out the connection between Maria-Susanna and Jim Kirk, I realized that Maria-Susanna was "Mary Sue", the origin of the self-insertion fanfic meme. (Compare to "Marissa Picard" from Next Gen fanfic.) So she's a thinly-veiled avatar of her author, whom the main fictive character falls in love with, and is traditionally hyper-competent and all-conquering.

Also, when Maria-Susanna is eating with Simon, she notes that his tolerance for spicy foods might be equal or greater than 'Sydney'. This appears to be a reference to Sydney Scoville, aka Halo, protagonist of the webcomic Grrl Power.  Since she was the protagonist, presumably she was a human.

Man, I miss USENET. Hey, Sea Wasp. Loving the books.  


Yeah, when I came up with the idea of actually having a literal Mary Sue in the Hyperionverse, I was really waffling about whether it was a good idea, and my wife said DOOOOO IIIIIIIT and so did a few other people. And I decided if I WAS going to do that, the ONLY appropriate way to do so was to have her basically be the original Mary Sue herself. (I have my own actual Mary Sues in my published fiction but none of them in the Arenaverse)


Sydney is indeed Sydney Scoville. And glad you're enjoying the books! Usenet is still around, you know!

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