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From: Peter Stephenson <pws@ifh.de>
Subject: Re: (urth) Urth's Unknown Names
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 09:55:38 +0100

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

C R Culver wrote:
> Just been thinking lately about secret, forgotten, or just plain
> unknown names in the BotNS:
> 5) The names of the 17 Megatherians (doesn't really matter, though), or a
> single member of the Group of Seventeen

I always assumed the latter were referred to simply as `Member of the
Group of Seventeen', or something such?  It doesn't seem likely they
go in for shining dinner party repartee (reminds me of a comedy sketch
in a car factor with the punchline `Built by Roberts').  Is there any
indication that the leaders, unlike the rest, have real names?  I
always associated Ascians with ASCII, maybe they're called NUL, BEL,


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