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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Jonas and Hethor
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 08:33:18 

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

On 20 Mar 1998, Tony Ellis wrote (quoting mantis):

> >Is there any real doubt that "Fortunate Cloud" and "Quasar" are
> >different translations of the same anciently named ship?
> Uh, yes. Every doubt. A quasar is a compact, star-like source of 
> radiation. It is _nothing_ like a cloud. If Wolfe had called Hethor's
> ship the "Nebula" you might have a point - but he didn't.

Been a while since I was familiar with theories of how stars form, but
isn't a star (and thus a quasar) a gas cloud that is "fortunate" enough to
condense into a star?


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