Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:05:35 -0800 From: "Brett M. Grace"
Subject: Re: (urth) TIDDAOSAOS Right, the mystery ship's construction is a bit incongruent with the presumed needs of its crew, for several similar reasons (another example is Daw's pointing out the use of guide wires rather than bunks for sleeping purposes, which rely on a primate sleeping reflex to keep sleepers in place--what's the point?) Were there any details which suggest that the ship really was designed to support AIs? I can't recall at the moment. If not, I infer that Daw's conclusion about the ship is true, that it was originally built by, or for, humans... or human-like beings. Perhaps the cube is a kind of ghost ship, whose original inhabitants have vanished, to be replaced by the opportunistic visitors. I add "or human-like" above because the AIs treat this as a first contact. But perhaps they merely mean a first contact with Daw's civilization, as opposed to the other human civilizations that exist in this universe. A corollary hypothesis would be that the AIs simply eliminated their creators and masters, the original crew. (Maybe some nice contrasts with the use of AI on Daw's ship here?) I suppose the ship could also be an elaborate rat maze to conduct tests on the primates who find it, in which case, these difficulties can be waved away. I don't really care for that theory, however. Personally I found the story to be a bit unsatisfying for some reason I can't quite put my finger on. Loved "Tracking Song" although I understood it less, or maybe not at all! BMG Michael Straight wrote: > >The best explanation I can think of for the starcharts (and it's not very >good) is that the Alien's "simulation" of the woman's husband might mean >they are in the habit of incarnating themselves in some sort of bodies >which would use the charts. You have a similar problem with the existence >of hatches and passageways in the ship. > >-- Rostrum > > > > --