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Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 10:17:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: (urth) Shadowy reflections on an amazing article
From: "Jason Voegele" 

> Let me put my question another way: do you think that "A Solar
> Labyrinth" is in some way an allegory or metaphor for Wolfe's methods
> as a writer? I think that that would be my current interpretation.
> Although, on reading the story, the initial temptation is to make the
> obvious connection between the story's narrator and its author, I think
> that the maze builder in the story is also in some sense Wolfe, who
> uses materials drawn from diverse sources to construct his labyrinthine
> tales. There remains the possibility, however, that the maze builder
> stands also in some sort of symbolic relationship with God, the cunning
> author of the created world.

In the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, Clute asserts that "A Solar 
Labyrinth" is a "meta-fiction" about the entire Urth sequence.  I never 
understood why until I read your post.


Jason Voegele


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