January 30th, 2008

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Book title and author?

There's this book I was hoping to reference in a story, but I don't remember either the title or the author. It was one of those "what if history had gone differently?" kind of novels. In this one, it was basically "What if the Black Plague had killed off a huge amount more people than it did, and America wasn't rediscovered by the Europeans until much later?" In it, the Aztecs had this thriving industrial civilization with public transportation and stuff. Unfortunetely, I read this book so long ago that I can't remember any more about it than that.

Any help is appreciated.

EDIT: Yay! The Gate of Worlds by Robert Silverberg! Thanks all!
  • sunemai

Person with albinism getting a tattoo

I have a character with albinism and the plot demands him to get a small tattoo of his girlfriend's initials.  I have understood that a person with albinism lacks melanin and suffers from health issues caused by that (ie. impaired vision, bigger risk to get skin cancer etc.), but I'm not entirely sure whether the skin differs from normal in any way that would matter when it comes to tattoos.

Does anyone know if albinism causes problems when getting a tattoo? I'm mostly interested in whether there are more/less risks, if the ink stays as long or as well and such.

For the plot it won't matter what color the ink used will be, and he isn't going to do the tattoo himself. The story is set in USA in 1998, but if it's a problem because of legislation or such the time can be moved with a year to either direction, but not more. What type of albinism he has isn't terribly important to the story so if that poses problems, changing it is possible although I would like to avoid it at all costs. I have always pictured him with oculocutaneous albinism type 2 (OCA2) if that's any help.

I have tried to search in the website of NOAH (The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation), Wikipedia for the words "albinism" and "tattoo" with two different languages one of which being English, and googled with different combinations of "tattoo, risks, albinism" but found nothing that would shed any light to this.