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Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 16:15:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) chem slavery and bio slavery

--- "Roy C. Lackey"  wrote:
> Jerry Friedman quotes and writes:
> >> The chems didn't follow the bios to Blue
> >> and Green--the subject never even came up. They had been built to
> last
> >> about two-hundred-and-fifty years, the intended duration of the
> voyage
> >> of
> >> the _Whorl_. Planned obsolescence. When the trip was finished, so
> were
> >> they.
> >...
> >
> >I generally agree with your point about how the chems were thought
> >of when the _Whorl_ was created, and I thank for you for all this
> >bits of evidence of prejudice on both sides.  I have a quibble with
> >the above, though.  Marble was taken to Blue, and isn't Cijfer a
> >chem?  Outside of New Viron, we may not know about some characters
> >whether they're chems or not.
> Marble ending up on Blue was a fluke; as Mucor's guardian she was just
> in
> the right place at the right time, and being the calde's friend didn't
> hurt. Cijfer was married to Wijzer, who was a bio, so I don't think she
> was a chem.

Apparently I was confused.  There is an odd sentence in Ch. 7 of RttW in
which Silkhorn says that if Cijfer were an inhuma, she wouldn't have
covered the comatose Jahlee's face or summoned a *bio*.  Why "bio" instead
of "human", unless Cijfer isn't a bio?  But aside from that and possibly
her name, there doesn't seem to be any suggestion that she's a chem, and
her being married to Wijzer isn't the only suggestion that she's a bio. 
And I was mixed up about who Cijfer was and thinking of a conversation
that turned out not to exist.

Wait a second--could Wijzer be a chem?  Probably not...

Thanks for the correction.

Jerry Friedman

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