(urth) Juturna (and nenuphars)

Jeff Wilson 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
< http://www.io.com/~jwilson >

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