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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Subject: Re: (urth) New Wolfe online
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 16:13:10 +1100

Mimosa wrote:

The earth was manipulated and discarded for the benefit of
the technology rather than gardened in a sustainable way for the
benefit of all.


Sort of interesting to compare with a Brown Book eco story that Severian
tells in UOTNS: "The Town that Forgot Fauna". Settlers heavy an old woman
(Fauna - a Gaea figure, presumably) out of her land; she acquiesces on
condition the new town does her honors; over time the town forgets her; the
land fails, and so does the town; the woman returns to make a garden again.

"Castaway" seems like the end result of that playing out over & over again,
so she has nothing left with which to remake the garden. Alternatively, the
result of finding a way of doing without her.


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