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Bardock is one of three members of the team whose name was not completely changed from Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru's design. The other being Panbukin ( Shugesh in the American dub) and Toma ( Tora in American dub). Bardock's name, like all other Saiyan characters, is a pun on edible plant material, in this case the burdock herb (this pun is more apparent in the Dragon Ball manga, where the character's name is literally spelled Burdock). The word 'burdock' transliterated into katakana is badokku (バードック bādokku ), but the character's name is written as Badakku (バーダック Bādakku ), changing the 'do' character to 'da'. This character change actually makes the kana sound more like "Bardock" to English speakers, making it difficult to accurately romanize the word to convey the pun. The word could be romanized as 'Burdock', 'Barduck', 'Badack' or any combination of these syllables. While Viz's English publications of the manga use the spelling 'Burdock', the FUNimation Dub of Bardock - The Father of Goku spell his name 'Bardock', and as well this is how Frieza pronounces his name while speaking aloud during the Frieza Saga of FUNimation Entertainment 's Dragon Ball Z English dub.

“We have no blueprints,” Tom said. “It really is just my friends and I having a good time trying to figure out how exactly we are going to turn a wheelchair into a dragon.”

This is the first thing by GRRM I’ve ever read that felt like it was released for largely mercenary reasons. It really feels like his old friend and colleague Gardner Dozois asked George if he could help a guy out by goosing his latest anthology, and George said “okay, sure, take this manuscript” and that was that.

The subject matter is the succession of Aenys and Maegor to Aegon's throne, and their inevitable conflict. Aenys is portrayed as an intellectual who was always overshadowed by Maegor, while Maegor was a fierce warrior who lived for battle. Aenys' children at first pushed Maegor back. But Aenys was too philosophical and seen as weak by the Faith. He naively refused to use his dragons and became very unpopular. Ultimately he fled to Dragonstone, and his weaknesses led to discontent and uprisings. The Faith grew restive and when Maegor took two wives their uprising was triggered. The reading ending with the succession war caused by Aenys' death.

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