Copyright 2004 by M. Uli Kusterer Fri, 29 Nov -1901 11:06:32 GMT Comments on article blog-lifecasters-wtf at blog-lifecasters-wtf Comments witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) en-us Comment 4 by Uli Kusterer Uli Kusterer writes:
They were both actors, and she thought this was part of the show and he was playing a mean improv trick on her, while he was trying to get her to quit the whole lifeloop thing. So when she played indifferent, he thought she didn't like him. The title being 'Capitol' might explain why I didn't find it, sounds more like a novel than an anthology, which was what I was hurriedly searching for when last I tried to locate that book.
Comment 3 by Ruth Less Ruth Less writes:
Hmm... Sounds familiar...? Wasn't the book called "Capitol"? A whole series of short stories set in the same universe, where they invented a life-prolonging method of skipping years by sleeping and waking in turns? And if the lifeloop actress stayed in character during one whole waking shift, then they'd release her and she could go on lead a normal life again. So for a month or so she wasn on air and wasn't able to have a real conversation with anyone, and her potential boyfriend eventually gave up and killed himself. :( Don't remember why he didn't realize she was on air and couldn't talk. Otherwise, pretty interesting setting!
Comment 2 by Uli Kusterer Uli Kusterer writes:
@frozendevil: Ah! That could be it! I was reading a whole bunch of anthologies at that time (Card, Bradbury, Dickson, and Pierre Boulle). Thanks for clearing that up.
Comment 1 by frozendevil I think the short story was "Lifeloop" by Orson Scott Card, from The Worthing Saga.