From: Derek Bell <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: (whorl) The Light Outside and Kypris Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 15:56:58 +0100 [Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun] In message <199706101304.GAA08404@lists1.best.com>, Michael Straight writes: >Silk's description of the shaking makes it seem like a singular >event, not something Whorl inhabitants are used to experiencing, which is >what made me think that the ships engines were firing for the first time >in many years. Which made me think "The ship has arrived at its >destination!" Which puts a kink in the idea that the Whorl has been >orbiting for a long time (an interpretation that otherwise appeals to me). Even if it were a ship's engine firing, it could be to change the orbit slightly. (I include retro-rockets in "engine", as they would have to be huge to alter the orbit and certainly capable of shaking Silk's Whorl as well as his whorlview.) >Are we to believe that Kypris the concubine could throw a knife as >Chenille does? Or that Typhon the tyrant was able to understand and >repair any mechanical device as Auk does? <speculation>Maybe the different deities were programmed to have abilities the originals didn't so each deity would have an advantage over the others in one area - after all the cities were designed to fairly isolated from each other, both geographically and culturally to prevent them uniting against Mainframe, so it could be that the deities were programmed to discourage them fighting, at least until they reached their desination.</speculation> Of course, that's not proven, just a (IMHO) plausible scenario - and we know how many of Silks' plausible scenarios were wrong! ;-) Tercel I know, it's not the most appropriate world - maybe "whorlographically" would be better.