From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) The Claw Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 14:21:05 -0600 Dan'l quoted: > It also didn't work for Jonas. Sev couldn't even restore him > to the condition he had been in before he got zapped, much > less reach back in time to restore him to the way he was > before his ship crashed. Didn't work for Jolenta, either, > though Sev had known her both before she was bitten and > before she was Jolenta. and wrote: >>I seem to recall some discussion of this in the past ... but ... it seems to me that the common factor between Jonas and Jolenta -- aside from their names beginning with the syllable "Jo" -- would consist in their both having an artificial nature (though Jolenta _begins_ as a natural person, Doctor T. artifically enhances her ... sort of the Pamela Anderson of posthistory). >>Perhaps the Claw (or Severian) cannot heal artificial persons, but only natural persons ...,<< I, too, recall such discussion, and the artificiality factor may be valid for the failures. What I was addressing, however, was the contention that the Claw worked by reaching back in time to a point before the pending problem. If the Claw's power was a function of time, why should the presence of prosthetics present a problem? Would it not work for a man with a wooden leg who was wounded woefully by a weapon? -Roy --