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From: Jim Russell <J.A.Russell@exeter.ac.uk>
Subject: (urth) Another tangent
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 11:21:41 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

Still writing my paper for the symposium and another 
question has occured to me that I don't really know the 
answer to (although I have some ideas).

Basically its this; What would you guys say is GW's 
political stance? What is he, where is he coming from?
Obviously he is not particularly left wing ('Particularly' 
is probably too tame a word, now that I think about it), 
but would you say that he is right, or rebublican or 
democrat or what, really?At the moemtn I only really know 
what he is against, not what he is for.

Also, how do you feel about the antipathy expressed towards 
Vodalus intentions - to send man to the stars again. Is 
Vodalus problem that his method is suspect, or is Sev (or 
GW himself) being completely negative about man's 
technology and space travel? I appreciate the 'bringing 
original sin to other worlds' argument, and the 'quest for 
balance' reading of the novel (which I tend to agree with), 
but nevertheless I find this desire not to succeed or 
achieve wierd. I can see that Vodalus intentions inevitably 
contradict the idea of acheiving balance between the 
natural (mythic, folkloric, etc) and the technological that 
Cyraicia talks about, but I am interested in how people 
think this works in relation to the rest of the work. 

Jim Russell
University of Exeter

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