From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) 5HC: Shadow Children in the Lupiverse? Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 22:17:46 +0100 Adam Stephanides wrote: >But that's what writers of fiction do. The Soldier series must contain >dozens of "externally verifiable" details, but we don't conclude that Latro >existed. That's not the same thing. When Wolfe weaves the siege of Sestos into Soldier of the Mist, he's using a real historical fact. When Victor weaves the pit seen in 'V.R.T.' into 'A Story', that's Wolfe using a 'fact' in one story that he has himself created in another story. Instead of the Soldier series, consider the Long Sun books. We don't believe Silk exists any more than we do Latro, but we accept that, within the context of that fictional world, Horn is writing an account of a real person. I see 'A Story' in the same light. >But in either case, there's no need to >believe in prehistoric starcrossers, or in Shadow Children telepathically >shooing away spaceships. Well, there's no need for Wolfe to have made the Croix\Anne system remain unknown "when planets more distant from Earth had been colonized for decades" either. Having the system so mysteriously overlooked doesn't contribute anything important to 'V.R.T.' (that I can think of). But it is another way of indicating that the events portrayed in 'A Story' really happened. As for prehistoric starcrossers: if they don't exist we either have to either find another way for human beings to have got to St Anne and become the abos, or we have to say that abos are truly indigenous and therefore can 't breed with the settlers. It is just about possible to say the latter, but to my mind it's a reading that greatly weakens the impact of the story. Plus, having Victor a half-breed also explains why he doesn't seem to be 100% as hamfisted as an abo should be. And why he isn't as good at mimicry as his mother. The other thing about the prehistoric colonisation idea is that it gets raised in all three novellas. That makes me feel it's an idea we're supposed to consider seriously. --