Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 08:29:41 -0500 From: "Fernando Q. Gouvea"
Subject: (urth) TIDDAOSAOS I've gotten myself into doing a short "book seminar" on "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories" at my college. It's six one-hour sessions, and students get credit just for coming, so it'll be crucial to make it interesting. I expect a lot of "I don't get it" comments, so I want to be ready with interesting things to say about the stories. Any pointers anyone might have to comments on the stories would be welcome. (I already know to search the Urth archives, of course.) In the first session, we'll probably be looking at the first three stories, "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", "Alien Stones", and "La Befana". Luckily, these are not as difficult as some of the stories that come later in the book. On re-reading "Alien Stones", I did find myself wondering about one thing: if the aliens are some form of artificial intelligence, why do they have star charts that the captain can inspect? Wouldn't any such charts simply be kept as software? Is this just a slip of Wolfe's imagination (Homer nods again?) or is there something I'm missing? Fernando -- Fernando Q. Gouvea Department of Mathematics Editor, FOCUS and MAA Online Colby College Mathematical Association of America Waterville, ME 04901 http://www.maa.org firstname.lastname@example.org ========================================================== Discovering the Church is apt to be a slow procedure but it can take place if you have a free mind and no vested interest in disbelief. -- Flannery O'Connor --