(urth) Silkhorn's mission after BotSS
thewynns at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 5 10:12:47 PDT 2004
> Christopher Culver:
>Does the idea of Silk as galactic bringer of good news make
>anyone else appreciate the ending of BotSS more?
Hmmm.. Who will he take the "good news" too? The Neighbors and Inhumi hardly
needed whatever theological messages the Short Sun Narrator had to offer.
Rather becoming a mere foil for the Whorl pantheon (which in fact, the Whorl
cannot live without - they're are modules of the Mainframe) it seemed to me
that the characters who return are supposed to "heal" the pantheon in some
way (I don't now exactly how). After all, Pas was almost rubbed by his wife
and at least three children. He returns in pieces really -- and is it likely
he's yet entirely whole? Then he proceeds to erase Echidna, Scylla, Molpe,
Who returns to the Whorl? Silk, Nettle, Seawrack, Marble, and Oreb. A nearly
perfect analogy of the damaged gods (I grant that Nettle is a bit of a
Naturally, Silk's goal would be have the pantheon and their worshipers
recognize the pre-eminence of the Outsider.
You are probably right about where the Whorl is going, however. It seems
obvious to me after a year of reflection that the ship was always expected
to continue on from star to star. Otherwise, what would happen to all the
"non-Cargo" on the ship? Wolfe has said there will be no more sequels to the
Silk segment, but I think it would be very interesting to see a couple
stories on the crew of the Whorl.
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