arobert at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Mon Aug 29 08:13:50 PDT 2005
On Aug 29, 2005, at 9:16 AM, David Lebling wrote:
> Adrian Robert wrote "Given such a span of time, almost anything
> could be
> proposed of
> course, but what about something minimal and plausible?"
> How about this?
> "Gene Wolfe is extremely interested in the question of identity,
> what it
> means to be human, and whether identity and humanity can be
> mimicked by
> machines, aliens or other humans. These themes are present in many
> of his
> works. A common way he explores these ideas is to create a duality
> between a
> relatively mundane setting in which our conventional notions of
> (etc.) apply, and another in which they do not."
> I realize that this isn't what you are looking for, but I think
> it's more
> likely than any convoluted scheme that ties Wolfe's novels and stories
> together by plot.
Agreed. But there's still a certain pleasure in imagining the more
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