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From: James Jordan <jbjordan4@home.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) In Glory Like Their Star (SPOILERS) F&SF Mag story
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:24:17 

Only one thought, and it's probably wrong:

At 07:28 PM 8/31/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Just read this in the Oct/Nov issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine I
>got in the mail yesterday.  Always excited to see a new Wolfe story
>Once again the more Wolfe stories that come out the less chance there is of
>me *thinking* I fully understand them.  I doubt I've had that feeling since
>the early 80s.
>I felt shock when within the first page I had figured out that this was a
>story of aliens (misinterpreted as gods) visiting earth, so I knew Gene was
>giving that away and the real mysteries were to come.
>And once again I have mostly questions that I hope others here can shed
>light on for me (smile).
>1.  Any idea what the passage on p.110 means?  "Our long voyage through
>space impressed them.  I doubt they grasped its length, for their concepts
>of the five they call "time" are muddled, and so eroneous that they cannot
>be termed primitive with any precision.  They will be primitive, perhaps,
>when the sunlight reaches them on this place."
>I don't understand the word "five" compared to time.
>I don't understand where this place that sunlight will reach is to try to
>determine when he things earthlings will reach primitive status.

         The light from his own home sun, which he has outrun? Or are we in 
a nuclear winter?

>2.  What is the deal about the earth not being a sphere because the desert
>is a flat spot where gravity works differently?  Is the desert the
>mysterious hidden "Eden" man is still searching for?  Something on a
>different plane where gravity, time, etc. work differently that the alien
>could see but man can't?

         Is the "flat" area the site of a nuclear detonation?


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