From: "Don Doggett"
Subject: (urth) The leatherskin Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 13:27:03 -0800 Howdy all, One of (imho) Wolfe's first tricks in SS to give us the impression of Blue as an alien world is his introduction of the leatherskin, a terrible creature with three (gasp!) jaws. It is the only really alien creature in the book (even the neighbors are four limbed humanoids). Or is it? Here's a more mundane (sort of) explanation: The leatherskin is a sort of evolved shark. Yes, a shark. Its three jaws are really three rows of teeth. To someone like Horn, or Silk, who has probably never had any previous experience with salt water creatures, these rows could very well appear to be three jaws. Sort of the way people with no experience with horseback riding might have seen the first horsemen as centaurs. Sharks also have extremely rough skin. Just a thought (a scary thought - a shark that can climb into your boat. Ugh.) Don --