From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) Jungle Garden Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 20:34:59 -0700 Che, Thanks for the kind words about my theorizing. >On a completely tangential matter: Severian's reaction to the aeroplane >seems to indicate or at least imply that winged fliers are unknown in his >era. If true, then this seems interesting because it implies a couple of >things: > >1. Maybe "antigravity" is so cheap and easy in this era that wings are >utterly obsolete. 2. Possibly they have powerful engines of some kinds, but >the idea of powered flight has been erased by thousands of years of lighter >than air (anti gravity) flight. Or (3) Severian is accustomed to "lifting body" style "fliers." SHADOW, ch. XXI (pp.191-2 in my Timescape h/c): Into view came the strangest flier I have ever seen. It was winged, as if it had been built by some race that had not yet realized that since it would not flap its wings like a bird in any case, there was no reason its lift, like a kite's, could not come from its hull. Gawsh, I love being able to do my email at home, where I have my reference materials around me... --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 helps eliminate e-mail viruses. Get 2 months FREE*. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/virus --