From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) Those chems Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 21:20:04 -0400 In this discussion, which is pretty interesting (I admit to having cruised past most everything here lately, but this arrested me), I am surprised that no one has yet brought up Sidero or Ossipago. Sev believes that Jonas must once have been an automaton (Urth, 93). But I think that part of Wolfe's grand plan is to meld or confuse the differences between AIs, sci-fi "robots" (already so out of date except for those over-priced "dogs"), mythological or genre-endorsed supernatural beings (confused deliberately with religious beings--though I guess that goes without saying), enhanced (and regular) humans, and aliens. Anyway, Sidero is a sort of Hierodulian chem (or automaton) and and Sidero is pretty interesting in himself. So don't leave them out! -alga --