From: "Jeff Veyera"
Subject: (urth) The Burden of Proof Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 15:05:32 -0800 On Tue, 24 Dec 2002, maa32 wrote (Quoting Mean Gene): > "No, No, NO! Green is Urth." I think this most likely means: 1. A joke. Like if Tolkien, tired of being asked for the umpteenth time whether The Ring represents The Bomb had replied, "No, no, NO! Gollum represents the Atom Bomb." or 2. Wolfe is saying that, of the two planets, Green, with its decaying cities and ancient horrors is more like Urth than Blue is. Like one might say, if asked whether Severian is Aragorn, "No, no, NO! Severian is Gollum." -Rostrum It's funny how the folks most devoted to author's intent in the previous Blushas threads suddenly come up with this elaborate joke theory rather than acknowledge that Wolfe may well have proceeded from the idea of Green as Ushas. Marc has accepted that his original theory of Blue=Ushas, which he invested an enormous amount of effort, was simply wrong in light of the response he received. I think it's telling that his detractors are so dogmatic on this point that even the author's simple, straightforward declaration somehow doesn't suffice to overturn the applecart they've constructed. I don't have a dog in either hunt---to me it's entertaining to kick around the notions either way. But it seems to me that the burden of proof has now shifted to the opponents of Green/Ushas---Marc has provided both the missive from Mr. Wolfe and some textual support, which is more than his detractors have thus far provided. Absent confirmation from Wolfe that he was merely joking, I think there's some work to be done to explain why Green isn't Ushas, despite the author saying it was. In any case, making Marc out to be a naive dupe for somehow not realizing Wolfe was pulling his leg as this and previous threads have seems ridiculous and disingenuous---if you think Green CANNOT be Ushas, prove it. Teflon --