From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) More on textual reliability, lack of Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 08:44:47 -0700 Okay ... we have two textual data from SHORT SUN: 1) We have the third-hand report that Green at conjunction is 30,000 leagues away from Blue. 2) We have the direct report that Lune appears much bigger in Urth's sky than Green does in Blue's Now, add this to the mix: Not a glimmer showed upon the waters of the lake, save for the green, reflected light that fell from the myriad leaves of the Forest of Lune, fifty thousand leagues away. -- THE SWORD OF THE LICTOR Timescape h/c, p. 253 (n.b., as has been noted, the Moon currently orbits at a mean distance of 238,877 miles, or a smidge under eighty thousand leagues from the Earth. Not that that's particularly relevant, though it means that Lune is rather bigger in Urth's sky than Luna is in Earth's...) Okay, so _if_ we stipulate that Green is Lune, then one of three things is true: 1) the third-hand 30K league figure is wrong; 2) the 50K league figure is wrong; 3) Green, to appear smaller when 40% closer, is _much_ smaller than Lune. Now, the third of these is contra hypothesi. We know that the 30K league figure is third-hand and have no especial reason to trust its original source; contrariwise, we know (see his night on the mountain after escaping from Thrax) that Severian has had at least some minimal education in astronomy. Ergo, _if_ Lune is Green, the thirty-thousand league figure is wrong. Marc, take your pick; I don't think you can save both. --Blattid --