(urth) Career of Severian as Conciliator

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 15:30:52 PDT 2006

On 10/25/06, Dan Rabin <wolfe-lists at danrabin.com> wrote:

> Could we have the opinions of our knowledgeable Christian
> contributors on how these two details might reflect religious themes?

Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is the 'miracle of bilocation,'
whereby various Catholic saints have been known to appear in two or
more places at the same time. (The first example I can think of is is
Padre Pio.)

Also, Jesus was known to mysteriously disappear from amongst
crowds and show up somewhere else.

You've also made me to wonder whether Wolfe, or you, were making
a slight Heinlein reference:
> 2. In _Urth_, Severian wonders how many of the guests at the inn
> where he fights the zombie are him.

Somehow this made me think of RAH's time-travel classic,
"All You Zombies--"

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, writer, trainer, bon vivant
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open
sewer and die.
  - Mel Brooks

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