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Old July 20 2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

I've heard that Cold Equations follows on from The Body Electric. Is this correct?
If so, as I am almost up to Cold Equations in reading through the novels, is it necessary to pause and read that first?

Edit: I meant Immortal Coil, not The Body Electric.
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Old July 20 2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Is it necessary to read The Body Electric before Cold Equations?

No, Cold Equations is a trilogy of which The Body Electric is the finale.

The first two Cold Equations novels are The Persistence of Memory and Silent Weapons.
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Old July 20 2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Re: Is it necessary to read The Body Electric before Cold Equations?

Doh, I'm getting my titles mixed up, I actually meant Immortal Coil.
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Old July 20 2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

Oooh, okay.

The Cold Equations trilogy does follow up on Immortal Coil. Everything you need to know from Immortal Coil is included in Cold Equations, but I'd recommend reading Immortal Coil first -- mostly because it's an awesome, awesome book that I think you'll really enjoy.
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Old July 20 2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

OK, thanks, I'll do that then.
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Old July 20 2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil first? No.

Is it desirable? Hell, yes, absolutely.
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Old July 20 2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

What Sci and Christopher said.

I went one further and read an old adaptation by DC Fontana of TV pilot by Gene Coon and Gene Rodenberry - it sort of connects in. You don't need to read that one though...
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Old July 20 2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

^You mean The Questor Tapes, right?
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Old July 20 2013, 10:47 PM   #9
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

Christopher wrote: View Post
^You mean The Questor Tapes, right?
It really would have helped if I had mentioned that...
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Old July 20 2013, 11:10 PM   #10
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

As stated, certainly don't have to. But Immortal Coil is a damned good read!!!
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Old July 21 2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

I read Immortal Coil first and was glad I did. While Cold Equations does provide a recap of the earlier work's plot points that the newer story draws from, I think that reading Immortal Coil first would provide you with a greater sense of context than you would have without it.
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Old July 21 2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

^Agreed, I found Immortal Coil, added to my enjoyment of the trilogy
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Old July 21 2013, 05:02 PM   #13
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

I third the sentiment. I wasn't going to read it first, changed my mind, and was quite happy that I did. Immortal Coil is a fantastic read and makes the enjoyment of Mack's trilogy even better
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

I see you've already gone ahead and read it, but I just wanted to chime in and echo the sentiments up-thread. Immortal Coil was an excellent novel, and I'm really glad that David Mack made his trilogy a sequel to that story as it brought it to my attention. I did a quick read of it before I started in on The Persistence of Memory and enjoyed it immensely. I probably wouldn't have read it (yet) otherwise.
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Old July 22 2013, 05:01 PM   #15
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Re: Is it necessary to read Immortal Coil before Cold Equations?

Immortal Coil is a really good character study of Data an the Cold Equations books stories are kind of a sequel to this novel.There really some of the best novels I've read about Data in a long time.
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