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From: "Kevin J. Maroney" <kmaroney@crossover.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) Green <spoiler for _Long Sun_>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 12:03:18 

At 11:38 AM 2/25/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Typhon struck me as more of an "Uebermensch" (Overman), what
>happens when a human considers himself without bounds and
>acts thusly. c.f. Hitler, Stalin, etc. Typhon was
>responsible for too much creation/progress to be Satan,
>metaphorically or otherwise. 

This should be moved over to Whorl probably...

In _The Book of the New Sun_, Severian's meeting with Typhon deliberately
echos Christ's temptation in the desert (from Luke and Matthew), complete
with the three temptations. Severian, being more hands-on than Jesus, does
more than order Typhon to get behind him, but it's clear what Typhon is.

In _The Book of the Long Sun_, the builder of the _Whorl_ is very much like
the Demiurge, the false God of This World who tries to distract us from
worshiping the true God. The Demiurge isn't *exactly* Satan, but he's very

None of what you say is false: Typhon the man is very much like Stalin or
any other despot, moved to the ultimate degree--remaking mountains in his
image, building his own universe of worshippers. But remember that Satan is
the Lord of Pride, which Typhon has in abundance. 

   Kevin Maroney | Crossover Technologies 
   kmaroney@crossover.com | (212) 777-1190

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