(urth) Juturna (and nenuphars)
jwilson at io.com
Sun Apr 9 18:50:20 PDT 2006
Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
> On 4/9/06, Tristan Davenport <tristan_davenport at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>(Question: Why are the plants
>>on Urth pale, while those on the moon apparently quite green?)
> Purely speculation but -- Lune has a less dense atmosphere, so
> the surface receives more insolation.
Perhaps, but there's no guarantee that there are any plants still on
Lune at the time of the narrative. Conflation and multiplication of
identities over ages is a very strong theme here as in other Wolfe.
The green color could be something else entirely, and presumed to be the
forrests of old, if it ever was. Algae farms meant to feed the many
billions of Earth could retain their green color from superficial,
topical growth even after millenia of neglect. Or some ancient ruler
could have proclaimed the moon be pained green in his honor.
The real answer is of course that the author really likes to write about
blue planets with bright green companions, as he does in 5HC and SS.
Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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