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Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 09:21:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) Fw: [fictionmags] Wolfe And Alternate History

--- Andy Robertson  wrote:
> And more ......
>     hartshorn
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: gvgfsf@aol.com 
> To: fictionmags@yahoogroups.com 
> Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 1:06 AM
> Subject: [fictionmags] Wolfe And Alternate History
> From Ellen Datlow, in London: 
> I can't post to fictionmags from my yahoo mail address 
> so could you pass the info to the person who asked 
> about any alternate histories by Gene Wolfe that we 
> published "Copperhead" in SCI FICTION in 2001 and it's 
> an alternate history. 
> Thanks. 

Good gosh!  Maybe this statement will help me understand the story, but
how can you tell "Copperhead" is not near-future?  Does this make "The
Peace Spy" alternate history?

There's plenty of alternate history, of a sort, in BotNS, and rather less
in _Free Live Free_.

Speaking of BotNS, has anyone discussed the possibility that the Severian
in BotSS is not the one we know, but one from an "earlier" timeline?  That
would explain the discrepancies between the accounts of Merryn in New Sun
and Short Sun.  If either Severian or Silkhorn is simply deceiving us,
why?  (Not because Severian decided not to put Silkhorn in his book, it
seems to me--he could have broken that oath, as he broke so many others,
or he could have easily gotten around it.)

Jerry Friedman

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