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From: "Tony Ellis" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Victor's parents, abos, Liev's postpostulate, and more
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 15:20:25 +0100

While there's nothing in 5HC that lets us say for certain Roy Trenchard is
Victor's biological father, that I'm aware of, I can think of several subtle
indicators. One is that Victor's Annese traits seem to be diluted: he can't
alter his appearance as well as his mother, he tells us, and he's
sufficiently dextrous to have mastered basic penmanship.

However, my real problem with the idea of Victor inventing a human origin
myth for the Annese to explain how Roy could be his father is this: why on
Earth should he? He hates his father. He venerates his Annese mother,
venerates the Free People. He would love to think that his 'real' father was
Annese. Surely, if Victor was going to invent anything about the Free
People, he would invent absolute genetic incompatibility with humans, to
reinforce a cosy fantasy that the man he calls a "dirty, drunken beggar"
couldn't possibly be his true parent.

The fact that Victor instead puts all the prehistoric-colonists-from-Earth
stuff into 'A Story', no matter how it might grate, seems to me further
confirmation that he's not making the whole thing up.


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