From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Prehistoric Starcrossers Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 13:15:21 +0100 Jeff Wilson wrote: >I'll bite; how did the prehistoric societies travel the stars without >leaving any hint of their ability to do so in either the story or the >archaeological record? They certainly leave a hint in the story. The Old Wise One talks of a "starcrosser", and later he seems to be remembering the actual splashdown itself: "'Like a spark from the echoless vault of emptiness,' the Old Wise One continued, 'the shining shape slipped steaming into the sea.'" Notice the poetic, alliterative language the Old Wise One uses here, and nowhere else. It's as if he's quoting some epic oral poem along the lines of Homer. Another clue, I think, that there's a link between the ancient civilisations of Earth and the Annese. As for the archaeological record, who says they didn't leave a trace there? We're talking about what may be the crushed and rusted remains of only a single spaceship, trapped between two layers of sedimentary rock somewhere on a big empty planet. Easy to miss. --