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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 06:38 am:   

I am trying to find a short story or a novel about time travelers
snatching up Lorenzo da Ponte (the librettist for some of Mozart's
operas) before he dies at a young age and brings him to our present time
and cures him of his "fatal" disease, only to see him repeat his
lifestyle and again "die young". I've limited internet skills and have
exhausted all my ideas. Can anyone help?
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Sean Melican
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 08:04 am:   

Gordon,

I tried a number of search strings and failed. But I'm wondering if you have the correct librettist since da Ponte, in real life, lived to be a ripe old age. So a story that first postulates he dies young and then postulates the common time-travel-can't-change-anything-story seems a bit odd. If you're certain you've got the right name, my apologies.

Sean Melican
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 08:42 am:   

"Counterpoint" by Jen de Guzman at Strange Horizons a couple years ago (http://www.strangehorizons.com/2002/20021021/counterpoint.shtml) has a similar theme on Mozart, but without da Ponte.
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Earl Wells
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 12:22 pm:   

Is it Silverberg's "Gianni"? In The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party.
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 01:11 pm:   

Earl---

Nice to see you around here. It might well be the Silverberg story---thanks. I'm asking on behalf of a subscriber.
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TCO
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 05:22 pm:   

I'm trying to think of one from late 70s early 80s from one of the big 3, that involved some sort of a journey and the title character hiding jewels in a wound of his body. I've been given this answer before.

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