“Entanglements,” by David Gerrold

Entanglements, by David Gerrold.

Dropbox link, publicly provided by Gerrold himself.
I’m *really* glad to have stumbled across this one, because I heard a *lot* of enthusiasm for it, and it was in an F&SF issue sent when my local mail system was MISERABLY AWFUL and my issue didn’t arrive TWICE.

So now I get to read it anyway!

Read the story:

Entanglements, by David Gerrold (PDF)

7 thoughts on ““Entanglements,” by David Gerrold”

  1. I like Gerrold, really I do.

    And Pesky Dan is fun! But I remember him well from another story of Gerrold’s; "A Quantum Bit Exists In Two States Simultaneously." (And in THAT one, Gerrold finished a whole story in the space it’s taken him to start this one.)

    …has Gerrold written more stories about Pesky Dan?

  2. Why is it that I’m at the 65% mark, and I’m getting a rant about pre-need cremation?

    Maybe one of Gerrold’s major life choices he’ll revisit will be writing this story, only this time GETTING TO THE EFFING POINT.

  3. At the end, the story does what it says on the tin, and does it well.

    I’ve seen this mentioned as autobiographical, and I guess that’s what the story does most of all. But *as a story*, IMHO it’s way too long, and its core is good entertainment but I’m not seeing anything remarkable about it.

  4. About what i felt; a lot of digressions and musings which do nothing to advance the story but give a voice to the character — which was already handled in the other digressions.

    I wanted less time with this iterations of David and more time with a closer, more unguarded look at the other divergences. Not lists of books, interesting as those titles were.

    I think ultimately, the two problems are one; he talks about side details because they’re safe. He talks less than he might about the divergences, because it’s difficult ground.

    1. I wouldn’t say he’s shying away from them; more that he just doesn’t have much to SAY about ’em.

      It’s not the details that matter, just the fact of the might-have-been.

      Involving books and writing is an interesting flourish. As a well-recorded guide to a person’s state and soul, that’s an interesting insight.

      But ultimately, he’s not saying much beyond "things could have been different in all kinds of ways." He’s much more interested in portraying his own life, by contrast, than in the SFnal conceit or any of the alternatives. So, even though it’s an SF story, it seems more autobiography than anything else.

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