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From: David Duffy <davidD@qimr.edu.au>
Subject: (urth) Re: Digest urth.v030.n061
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 09:36:01 +1000 (EST)

Rostrum wrote:

> Reading "A Story," I got the impression that the field was hiding St. Anne
> from an already-settled-by-humans St. Croix, not shielding the whole
> system from Earth.  In the story, the humans show up almost instantly
> after Shadowchild terminates the song (which seems odd...

I think we're in the wrong worldview here.  The song is magical, so
its effects break down immediately from the point of view of a pre-Contact
narrator, no matter how acausal that appears to science fiction critics ;)

I would have thought that any shielding effects on foreigners would be psychic
in nature...their own perception would be that they just hadn't got around to
colonizing St Anne yet.

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