(urth) Ascians' Thematic Purppose (was ATTENDING DAEDALUS)

James Wynn thewynns at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 30 06:12:43 PST 2006

Even if Wolfe *did* intend the Ascians political structure and language to
be a reference to Maoism and Buck Rogers (and the connection, it must be
admitted, is only inferable -- I am not aware of any other references in
TBOTNS to Ming or Buck Rogers), yet that does not make the make the analogy
to Newspeak invalid. Calling the Ascian language "a sort of Newspeak" does
not even imply that Wolfe intended a narrative connection to "1984".


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