Fw: "esquivalience" is out

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Oct 8 15:22:19 UTC 2005

I believe it was the practice in the former Soviet Union to publish official maps showing towns, military bases, and other features that did not exist, false mileages, and so on, thus to confound any invading armies.


Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:
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>>Nobody is
>>talking about creating new continents or sublexicons, but the
>>occasional small island or word seems harmless enough. (And
>>occasionally piquant--cf. "The Island of the Map-Maker's Wife" by
>>Marilyn Sides, a story in her eponymous collection from ten or so
>>years ago.)

Another story (science fiction) based on a deliberately bogus encyclopedia
entry (a whole imaginary planet this time): Fred Saberhagen, "The
Annihilation of Angkor Apeiron".

-- Doug Wilson

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