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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) First Mail
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 13:42:32 -0700

David A Baird wrote:

> Only 97K - hmmm, I'd always envidaged it as being much later, of the order
> of several million. But then again, I was thinking of a natural demise of
> the sun although in this re-read I noticed that the Hierodules have
> 'planted' a black hole in there to keep Urth at bay.

The 97 Kyear figure is _very_ debateable, and I for one hold it to be
completely implausible ... we're talking a sufficient amount of time 
so that the ruins of ancient human civilizations have been uplifted in
the bodies of new mountains (which, of course, are then carved into the
figures of Urth's vain rulers). That doesn't happen in less than multiple
millions of years.



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