Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 11:54:00 -0500 (EST) Subject: Re: (urth) New Wolfe online From: "sheila miguez"
--- Andrew Bollen wrote: > As for "We could have taken her with us" etc, I think it obviously > means > "taken her to the stars", speaking of humanity in general. They > left her > behind, so they end up with sterile white ships, no trees, no birds > etc. I agree with this. But I think another possibility for the worms inside of her are technologically constructed black holes or some sort of other exotic matter that humans may have used during their technological advancement. Perhaps as a temporary means to deal with the Red Giant stage of the sun until they could leave. A carelessness about the fate of the earth. And she is left with cosmic strings revolving around inside her. (Though I know cosmic strings are not an accepted object -- perhaps something similar.) And it would fit with what you say here -- the user fits the technology rather than the technology fitting the user. The ships are designed for the convenience of their upkeep rather than to benefit the life of the occupants. The earth was manipulated and discarded for the benefit of the technology rather than gardened in a sustainable way for the benefit of all. SPOILER for another book Was it _Earth_ by David Brin where cosmic strings fall into the core of the earth? mimosa --