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From: Alex David Groce <Alex_Groce@gs246.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Ziggurat
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 11:09:42 

I don't agree with Robert's theory, but it sounds more plausible to me than
Max. Del.  If Wolfe intended Max. Del., I think he signally failed to put
in enough hints for us to parse it--unless, as Nutria says, we come to the
story with strong suspicions that "things MUST not be as they seem to be
here."  It strikes me (I think this was partly the motivation in Kessel's
case) as an attempt to "rescue" Wolfe from having written this (quoting the
criticism mentioned by Dozois) "sexist asshole" Emory into being.

And Robert, we actually have a healthy divide--Rat, Alga, me on one side, you
(fundamentally) standing fairly close to us, if edging away from Emory, and 
Mantis and Swanwick across the room.

One point:  The appearance of the shouting Brownie strikes me as possible
evidence that the Ziggurat is a Brownie-ship, not a static time-shifting
structure that belongs in the lake (much as I actually like this idea).

Another point:  Emory's emotional "deadness" at Brook's death seems to me to
be an intentional "parody" (by making it more human and more real) of the
Charles Broson-typical-male response to murder:  coldness and grabbing all
the weapons he can find in order to exact revenge.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Alex David Groce (agroce+@cs.cmu.edu)
Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department
8112 Wean Hall (412)-268-3066

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