From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) blonds of the Commonwealth Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 16:53:37 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alice K. Turner" > A thought to add to my own last post: there is a logical explanation, or at > least a novelist's explanation, for the culturally, racially and sexually > segregated cities (or enclaves) of the Whorl and Blue. It's that old joker > Typhon/Pas at it again. He wants his "ark" to preserve as many or Urth's > customs and bloodlines as possible, so he sets up these artificially > segregated cities and preserves "ethnic purity" (or the cultural equivalent) > by setting them all at each other's throats. (Helps keep the population down > too--a lot like Yahweh, our Typhon.) Seems obvious enough. More to the point, it is obviously the best policy for colonising a new world, preserving the greatest variability and making sure someone will be preadapted to survive at a low tech level whatever the environment. But Pas did not make the cities war with each other: that just comes naturally. Rather he separated the cities as much as possible. hartshorn --