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From: "Andy Robertson" 
Subject: Re: (urth) FTL Travel
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 20:32:36 -0000

Shoot, I'd have to do the maths: and there is an end to all civility.

I think it is quite clear that Wolfe shows FTL travel to be a doorway to a
divine realm.   Consider the Ship, the corridors of time, the mirrors.

And yes, I do believe Wolfe is **intentionally** conflating the
Gd-outside-time of the Catholic Boethius with the time-as-fourth-dimension
of the relativistic Physicist.

Modern theoretical Physics is after all descended from Theology:  Her
bastard with the Blacksmith Hephaestos/Technology..

----- Original Message -----
Although I do not pretend to be versed in the mathematics of FTL travel (I
was an English lit. major way back when, no hard science!), I'm not sure I
agree with this assertion, or at least I would be interested, as a layman,
in a little more explanation as to why FTL travel would require the
traveller to have the vision of God (which was eloquently put, btw).  After
all, we who can move voluntarily only in three dimensions may not be able
to perceive all three (for example, someone blind in one eye may have poor
depth perception, or for that matter, someone blind in both eyes would not
be able to perceive any, but he still travels in three dimensions).  As a
layman I would really be interested to hear more of your reasoning.

- Joe

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