From: "James Wynn"
Subject: RE: (urth) extra-textual material Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:48:28 -0600 Marc queries: However, I think ascribing too much weight to details in "King Jesus" might be potentially misleading. Has Wolfe even read it? Crush responds: I'd say Don has found the smoking gun that Wolfe HAS read 'King Jesus': That is, the color of Silk's and Jesus' beard being explicitly referred in 'King Jesus' as 'Typhonic". There are plenty of textual clues associating Silk with Jesus. Don has not only associated Silk with Typhon but provided an explanation for the mystery of why Silk was **encouraged** to have himself scanned into the Mainframe and attached to Pas. That Silk is a **clone** of Typhon is problematic - considering how Wolfe has presented clones in tFHoC it is yet to be shown that Wolfe would consider a doner-clone relationship to be a father-son relationship. He would more likely consider clones to be essentially the same person. But a father-son model would definitely parallel that in 'King Jesus'. Now, if Silk were the son of Typhon and Echidna, it would fit thematically since there are even more clues associating Silk with Hephaestus, the Maker God; which brings us back to Jesus, The Word, who made all things and without him nothing was made (John 1:3). The question of whether Severian is an heir of Typhon is IMO much less well established. That, in 'King Jesus', Jesus was the son of Herod who was into the worship of Set is not the same as Jesus being a son of Set. There's **something** there but it could be that only that Wolfe is sipping from this particular well of Graves' rather than swimming in it. -- Crush --