From: "Rex Gatch"
Subject: Re: (urth) Dinner & the Long Sun Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 18:27:44 -0400 When you set out to burgle a manor you don't just knock on the front door. Unless you're Jim DiGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, that is. "Talus Repair? Hello? I'm here to fix the malfunctioning robot." "We have no malfunction here," the steel voice replied from the other side of the gate. "Ah, but you would think that because you're malfunctioning." "But I'm not ma..." That was when the bomb went off. Che Ché Franz Joseph Monro -- http://www.chemonro.com firstname.lastname@example.org -- email@example.com Yes. Nicely done. I do wonder how what your age and what you've read before influences your reading of things. My reading started in the 70's and a lot of authors I read then had published back in the 50's. Consequently I found reading Neuromancer thrilling in a genre breaking way that I'm sure I wouldn't if I was 18 now. I've done some reading of classic books that date well before me and I've not managed to experience the thrill that their contemporaneous readers would have done. So back to my original point does Wolfe introduce certain things like Needlers to introduce a sense of familiarity, or because he has a fondness for them or because he's trying to lull us into a false sense of comprehension. I still have major problems with Vampires who fly through space and 19th century foundries producing taluses. As we know that GW is a stickler for accuracy - does this mean that these are clues to some deeper reading of the texts or simply meant to be accepted as written. The Horn/Nettle authorship of the LS books is another issue I struggle with Ambergris --