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From: Jim Jordan <jbjordan@gnt.net>
Subject: (whorl) Nessus
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 17:34:11 

[Posted from Whorl, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

At 07:57 PM 3/13/97 +0000, Joshua Solomon wrote about Nessus.

	Nessus is Buenos Aires. Say "Nos Aires" fast ten times. Location is part
of the evidence, but so is the fact that Blind Ultan is the famous blind
librarian of Buenos Aires, Horky-Borky (Jorge Borges), known for his
labyrinth fiction, tying in to the labyrinthian library, etc.
	But this is about 100 million years in the future (in a previous
oscillation of the universe). The mountains Severian climbs are not the
Andes, because he sees layers of cities and human civilization in them as
he climbs. Thus, these mountains were uplifted in historic time, but in a
future far from us -- or rather, from the equivalent of us.
	This being the case, surely the rivers are also different. We might find a
river that is the same as the Gyoll, but I would not look for one. Nor does
Nessus have to be located where Buenos Aires is today, given 100 million
years of geological changes. 


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