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From: "Kieran Cleary" <kcleary@tinet.ie>
Subject: (urth) Witches & eclipse-maker
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 18:28:30 +0000

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

As someone who is eagerly awaiting a copy of the Lexicon, I have a 
rag-tag bundle of questions which I remember being puzzled about during my last 
read of New Sun:

- what is the appropriate technological analogue of the device (?) 
the witches were looking at on Severian's visit to their tower. I 
remember it being described a a table-like object with a glass 
surface, through which small hairless animals were visible on some 
sort of miniature landscape. A holographic remote-viewing device? 
Were they watching the eclectics? And just what kind of "magic" do the 
witches practice?

-what was the enigmatic large object teasingly referred to in Wolfe's 
translator's notes at the end of Citadel which caused the eclipse?

-are the corridors that Severian wandered through en route to the 
atrium of time just metaphors for the Corridors of Time or is there 
some type of literal connection?

-why did the green man not know of the New Sun if he came from the 
future most likely after the New Sun?

-Jonas & Miles: what's the connection? Is Miles the personality from whose 
biological spare parts Jonas was reconstructed after his ship 


Kieran Cleary
Senior Research Engineer
North West Labs
Finisklin Industrial Estate
Republic of Ireland

Tel. +353 71 69441
Fax. +353 71 69451
email kcleary@nwlabs.com

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