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The sound of one dime dropping

Paul DiFilippo, who is a contributor to the Weird Universe site, presents us with the ur-mention of the ghostly dime droppers thereon, all the way back in 2008, with all subsequent comments thereto, up to the most recent, which makes clear that to really count, the dime encounter must include the actual sound of the dime being dropped by the agent of the other world.  So encounters on the beach, for instance, or in bed, would maybe not be decidable:  


The other new thing we learn from this site is that the date on the dime can be significant.  Why are the dead so given to posing riddles?  Just because ther's so much time to kill over there?


Jul. 21st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
If you are doing certain types of necromancy that require a connection to a past year (or rather to a person who was among the living in that year), a silver, copper or gold coin struck that year is the preferred object to use.

You can use other objects, of course: the only requirements being that they are made of the appropriate metal for the kind of work you are doing and that they were extant that year.

In Gene Wolfe's Book Of The New Sun, two witches are seen doing a similar working, making a connection to a very distant past date and using a star known to have been in existence at that time as their object of connection.

This would also work, by the theory. Gene's pretty learned about this kind of thing (as, indeed, is our host).

Jul. 21st, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
A "potential theory" in Eric Klein's phrasing.
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I can't decide whether I prefer him as Klein Eric (Little Eric) or Eric Kleinbottle.

They are both esthetically pleasing.

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
"Death is nothing, and for that reason you must fear it. What is more to be feared?"
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
If someone says this to you, s/What/Who/; you should fear him.

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
There is no God where I am.

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
When you remember previous descents, and you are aware of the whole process, your main concern becomes proper disposal of your body.

I'm OK as long as the raven eats my eyes. I don't know about you.

Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
s/it/{He || She}/;