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From: Peter Westlake <peter@harlequin.co.uk>
Subject: Re: (urth) Relative vs. Absolute time, cont'd
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 1998 16:22:55 +0100

At 08:09 1998-09-01 -0700, John Gersten wrote:
>On Tue, 1 Sep 1998, Tony A. West wrote:
>> came to that conclusion about the Tzadkiel being the most likely candidate
>> for the eclipse while mapping out this whole relative vs. absolute time
>> mess.  I've come up with some very interesting little "maps," though!
>> Severian did tell all to OB&F in the House of Day, so of course they knew
>> they must do something to create such an eclipse in their future.
>I don't have the books in front of me, but wasn't Tzadkiel's ship unable
>to come inside the planetary orbits (i.e., close to the Sun?)  Or was that
>just "under ordinary circumstances?"  (I thought that was why Severian and
>Burgundofara had to use the tender to come to Urth, in addition to
>Tzad's ship obviously being unable to land).

It didn't normally come inside planetary orbits precisely because it
might block someone's light, i.e. cause an eclipse.


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