From: "James Wynn"
Subject: RE: (urth) Edogawa Ranpo Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 10:18:30 -0600 mantis asked Now Crush, what trace, however obscure, led you here [to Edogawa Ranpo]? Crush responds This is the sort of libertine association that wedges itself so firmly in the craw of Roy and others and to which Agia once referred as "imagination plus". Yet, the fact remains that my starting point was associating Crane (from the Long Sun) with the god Ranpo: http://gene-wolfe.tripod.com/chems.htm So here's a peek into the twisted way I think. Imagine you're a writer who is a fan of Edogawa Ranpo whose detective fiction (like your own) is known for it's weird touch. You also have a long time interest in alchemy. You naturally know that the word comes from the same origin as Egypt, which intersects with your other interest in ancient mythology. So eventually you come across a picture of the Egyptian *god* Chem standing next to this other god, Ranpo. Don't you think that god other would stick in your mind? Now your writing a story about a guy who is also a something of a detective, and your going to riff of concepts based on the word "chem". Maybe you'd work Edogawa in in the same way you have in the past with Jorge Borge.... Nice theory, but the probability wave shrinks when one learns that the author's name is not "Ranpo" but "RaMpo". The connection is still plausible when one considers the name game Wolfe plays throughout the Long Sun with connections as tenuous as Silk = Sand. Yet, clearly the connection is now as thin as a spider's thread (if I may play the game as well). --- Crush --