Calamity Warps


Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Starwater Strains

"When I sent Calamity Warps to Kathe Koja, she said it seemed very autobiographical. Which in a way it was. Calamity Jane was really Rosemary's dog, and I never liked her as much as I should have. She was a better dog than I deserved; let's leave it like that. And fast! Why, when she was young -- well, you wouldn't believe me. For the first three or four years she was determined to learn Human and used to practice her language lessons when she and I were alone in the house and I wasn't looking. Calamity could give you the creeps."


A dog can warp through space-time and she fetches back some highly unusual things.


  • The narrator loses his shadow and is forced to replace it with an alien one. This is reminiscent of the story of the Ascians (people without shadows) in the New Sun series. Master Ash refers to the story of a man who sold his shadow and is forced to wander the world because nobody will believe he is human.
  • Sources of quotes
  • Meanings of names
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

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