From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: (urth) A Point of Order Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 09:03:28 -0700 God does promise Noah that He will not again destroy all the world by water. The coming of the White Fountain does not violate this promise, because all the world is _not_ destroyed. If "all the world" means the land masses, then it is not so much destroyed as rearranged -- if the prophecies of the coming of the New Sun are as accurate as they seem to be, the old continents are destroyed and new continents arise. Sev winds up on an island in the middle of a vast sea; but that's where a continent used to be. You wouldn't expect to find a new continent right where the old one was. If "all the world" means, as it does in many languages (e.g., French "tout le monde"), "all the people in the world," then, again, this is clearly not the case -- we see a few people saved; there is no particular reason to assume that similar scattered people do not survive all over the globe; indeed, though Wolfe's ultraDickensian tenedency toward plotting-by-coincidence could in fact have Severian run across the _only_ survivors, combining that with (some of) them also being folks he already knows one way or another seems, to me, excessive; more likely there are a number of survivors and Synchronicity Central brings him to the ones he knows. --Blattid Republicans must always be on guard against sounding Teutonic. -- P. Noonan --