From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) 5HC a good introduction to wolfe? (was Washington Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 09:58:02 -0700 > the hints there (along with others) that the narrator's name is Wolfe. > Am I supposed to think that Mr. Million is the author (or a descendant)? > That the narrator is a portrait of the well-born wolf after a series > of worse and worse upbringings? Scary. More: you are to think that he is an n-th generation clone of our own beloved Gene Wolfe. (I believe it was John Clute who gave a canonical list of arguments for that being Number Five's real name.) The name is quite fitting, too: the clone-series that includes Five, Maitre, and the original of Mr. Million, is clearly a series of vicious predators upon their fellow humans who use genetic manipulation to acheive their ends -- that is, Number Five is a gene wolf. Gene, of course, is short for "Eugene," well-born: that is exactly what Number Five is _not_. He is simply gene, born. Etc., etc. This is full of the kind of play that would delight Derrida if he could ever bring himself to read American SF... --Dan'l --