(urth) Severian's miraculous eclipse
jwilson at io.com
Wed Apr 26 08:33:30 PDT 2006
Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
> Say, rather, "earlier." The days of Apu-Punchau are within, say, a
> geological period or so of Sev's time: close enough that when he's
> heading north with Dorcas and Jolenta it's still recognizeable as a
> city (albeit ruined), and not subsumed by geological processes into,
> say, a mine, or part of a mountain, as the _really_ old cultures
> (like ours) have been in Severian's time.
I don't think you can support more than a few hundred centuries'
separation between the eras. the stuff in the mines and mountain sides
is easily explainable by the same technology that makes mountains into
figures of rulers. And, "apu" is a surviving word for "god" and
"mountain" (they're the same thing as far as the Quecha are concerned).
Hmm, so the engines of Typhon literally make new gods out of old....
Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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