(urth) _Dhalgren_: Scathing Towards Women? and a few ?'s about Sev

Allan Anderson rubel at goosemoon.org
Mon Oct 23 14:31:17 PDT 2006

I've only read "Urth" once, but I recall not enjoying it as much as the 
BotNS. So I think I'm in your camp. But I'll go take another look!

James Crossley wrote:
> On 10/23/06 9:44 AM, "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" <danldo at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Was the power specific to Sev as the Conciliator,
>>> or just general divine (or Hierogrammatic, if you
>>> want to be SFnal) power accessible to any old
>>> body?
>> Have you read _Urth of the New Sun_? It defines rather
>> clearly where the power actually came from.
> Dan'l's question reminded me of something I've been wanting to ask the list
> at large--who, if anyone, besides me finds BotNS more satisfying without the
> fifth volume? I prefer the suggestiveness of not knowing all the
> explanations provided in _Urth_, and judging by Wolfe's accounts of how he
> came to write that last piece, it seems he would have been content to let
> the tetralogy stand alone.  I think it's only the perceived demands of the
> genre audience that brought _Urth_ into existence; the publishers of
> literary fiction are more generally tolerant of open-ended conclusions.
> Thoughts?
> Delurking,
> James
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