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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2019 8:59 p.m. PST

"Early Riser, the new novel by Jasper Fforde—author of the bestselling Thursday Next series—imagines a world where winters are so harsh that it's normal for humans to hibernate until spring.

"The world in which Early Riser exists is much, much colder," Fforde says in Episode 355 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "Climate change is happening, and it's very dangerous, but it's kind of happening in the opposite direction. So it's just me putting a bit of satirical fun in it, really."…"
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Raynman Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 6:55 a.m. PST

Personally, I'd love it! I am not a big fan of cold and snow, so sleeping through the worst of it would be great!

Legion 419 Sep 2019 7:13 a.m. PST

I'm not a fan of cold and snow either … after 2 winters in the ROK, '84-'85 with a Mech Bn. huh? snowflake

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

Yes but historically it was the time to fix tools and get ready for the spring planting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 11:22 a.m. PST


Remember… you get up REALLY hungry…(smile)


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

I'd never have everything ready for Cold Wars and the SYWA Convention. How about if I estivate instead, and wake up just in time for FALL IN? (And a convention just before I go to sleep and just after I wake up sounds about right in terms of calories.)

Legion 4, I did winter 84-85 in the Land of Not Quite Right, but I was in Yongsan. It was the winter in Germany with the field artillery which was my killer. 1987 plus or minus a year.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

I did 6 winters in ROK. I was stationed at Yongsan Army Garrison 1976-1979 and 1982-1984 in the U.S. Air Force. It was rough driving to the Tango Command Post in an open Army jeep and I am from Florida.

Legion 419 Sep 2019 2:45 p.m. PST

Those 22 Months I served in the ROK with a forward deployed Mech Bn in the Western Corridor just South of the DMZ. Was very quite "challenging" at times.

Fortunately we had the DMZ mission in the Summer not Winter. 2 tours in the Summer heat with Warrior Base having rice paddies on 3 sides … well … I can still smell it ! huh?

Units of the 2ID spent a lot of time in the field, year round. It a good place for "soldiering" and being a soldier.

I was in (West)Germany for REFORGER'88. Luckily my Mech Bde from Benning was rotated there. It was in the late summer/early Fall. The weather was not too bad. Nothing like you had Bob !

von Schwartz19 Sep 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

Awww, Butch Up Sally,(smile) I lived 58 years in Minnesota, America's ice box, next to Wisconsin. A little town in Wisconsin still holds the record for the coldest "AIR" temperature reading ever in the lower 48, it was -52, thank god there was no wind! I was THERE!! a little blanket over my Monte Carlo's engine compartment. I did skate across a rather large church parking lot in Tomahawk, WI. Frozen, solid ice, hard as a carp!!! I was still in my car BTW.

Global Warming my "donkey"

Zephyr119 Sep 2019 8:24 p.m. PST

I can barely get 8 hours of restful sleep a night, so several months' would be torture for me…

Mike Target20 Sep 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

I love Ffordes writing, and though I'd say Early Riser isnt his best it was pretty good.

I particularly liked how the Govt was trying to caue Global Warming to try and alleviate the rediculous winters that Alternative England suffered.

Though the bit I had trouble with was that it was set in the British Isles- The British declare an apocolypse if we get as much as 2cm of snow. I don't see them coping with living in Nuclear Powered Dormitories that despite being many hundreds of stories high might dissapear entirely under the drifts untill spring…

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2019 5:40 a.m. PST


Since so many of the replays mention Service in Korea.

I have several Questions, I am starting Korea War BA.

1) General color of the dirt?

2) Color of the water in rivers?

3) Plant life on hills?

4) Color of the stone?

5) IS the area as verticale as the picture show?

PM if you have any info or color pictures, also I think many members of TMP would be interested in your take on terrain layouts for Korea.

Bill Daniel

Legion 420 Sep 2019 6:51 a.m. PST

1) Various shades of brown/tan depending on the time of year.

2) Generally shades of brown to dark green. Or even black in some ponds or paddies. Sometimes clear in flowing shallow streams/creeks.

3) Shades of greens to brown depending on the time of year.

4) Various shades of grey, brown to tan.

5) Do you mean vertical ?

The countryside is generally mostly flat with paddies and crops with streams, dirt roads, and the occasional village or hamlet.

It's flora, etc. is very much like the Eastern USA, IMO. Without the rice paddies of course …

These photos are accurate – link

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2019 4:34 p.m. PST

Thanks, Legion 4

Yes Vertical was the question. Most of the maps I have show very tight contour lines.

Bill D

Legion 421 Sep 2019 7:01 a.m. PST

You are welcomed. The mountains generally start out as shallow foot hills and ridges then rapidly gain height/altitude. Generally with barely 2 lane dirt roads/trails in many places.

I've been in a Jeep going up a mountain road with a cliff on one side and the mountain on the other ! Very close to the edge ! huh?

Of course I've been in/seen columns both APCs and MBTs, etc. driving up a winding dirt road. Along a cliff edge … But in many situations, we stayed on the low ground and tried to set up on low ridges and hills. Maybe using the reverse slope at times.

Along the DMZ is basically pretty flat with paddies and crops. With Guards Posts being on some high ground in the US Sector. More like low hills and ridges generally.

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