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From: "Jim Henley" <jlhenley@erols.com>
Subject: RE: (urth) Wolfean antimatter
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 19:23:18 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: urth-errors@lists.best.com [mailto:urth-errors@lists.best.com]On
> Behalf Of Michael Andre-Driussi
> We have talked in the past about the curious details surrounding
> the fliers
> of Urth, which seem to have features of anti-gravity and anti-matter.
> This, in turn, seems to fly in the face of facts and theory as we
> understand them.
> "It's only theoretical so far.  But current theory says that although
> antimatter would possess mass just as ordinary matter does, it would be
> repelled by the gravitational field of ordinary matter.  It
> would fall up,
> in other words" (MOON SHOTS, p. 32).
> Interesting to see, cut and dry, black and white: the speculations we
> rolled over and over become starkly validated.  Whether the
> Science be Good
> or Bad, this is a concept that Wolfe has toyed with and continues to toy
> with; and I am curious as to where he got the idea.

Nice reference, Michael. The larger lesson is surely to be drawn in
conjunction with the recent alzabo/memory RNA discussion: every time
someone thinks Wolfe is spouting gobbledygook in the series (which would
push it in the direction of fantasy) it turns out that there's plausible
scientific speculation behind Wolfe's approach. (One might adduce the
"white fountain"/wormhole too.)


"All God's children got a little bit of soul
 but not that much . . . "
              -- Graham Parker, "Obsessed with Aretha"

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