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From: m.driussi@genie.com
Subject: (whorl) tens and nines
Date: Mon,  8 Sep 97 16:24:00 GMT

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


Re: Marble's slipped decimal as ringing bells.  Well, I know what you
are talking about, I just haven't found any way to incorporate it
into the timeline I've developed!  Marble seems to be
semi-hallucinatory whenever she starts talking/seeing numbers; and as
much as I relish the full blown dreamlands of the corridors of time
and Silk's occasional nap, interpretation of this material is very
tricky--witness the Marble-merging-with-Mint ball of wax, begun in a
dream in one book, then seemingly corroborated at two complimentarily
symmetrical points (which turn out to be typos) in the last book.

About that flight time calculation I gave before, it is developed a
bit more fully in "Q&D"--the difficult guesses have to do with
acceleration in micro-gees.  If you shorten the flight time by
deciding that the ship arrived a hundred years earlier, we can redo
the numbers for a greater percentage of lightspeed, etc.

The references I cited were basically: the year-date on the circular
("332"); the comment by Tartaros that the original voices of the Nine
have been dead for a thousand years.

And back to the Nine--I find it curious that Philip Jose Farmer uses
undying titans for his secret masters of the world, aka, The Nine, in
his Tarzan/Doc Savage books.  Knowing that PJF is working with wild
mythic stuff (Robert Graves, Joseph Campbell, etc), I'm still wondering
about that Latin connection "Novensiles divi."


P.S.  Glad to hear you like the "Autopsy" piece.


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