From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Prehistoric Starcrossers Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 10:04:50 +0100 Jerry Friedman: > I think Jeff is talking about the archeological record on Earth. Ooh now I see. Sorry Jeff. > Anyway, that's my question. How could you make a spaceship without > a very large industrial society? I think archeologists or > geologists would have found some remnants. Well, Gondwanaland broke up a pretty long time ago, and Atlantis and Mu both sank. But I see a long and slippery slope here, at the bottom of which I see myself, arguing like a latter-day Von Daniken. Let me just say this instead: I don't believe that in real life there was ever a prehistoric super-civilisation on Earth. I also don't believe in travel by mirrors, genetic memory, or a compassionate god. But when I come across these things in a story, especially a story by Gene Wolfe, I'm happy to suspend my disbelief for a while. --