(urth) Ship Volant

Jeffrey Brent McBeth mcbeth at broggs.org
Wed Feb 18 13:04:13 PST 2009

On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 02:40:36PM -0600, Roy C. Lackey wrote:
> It is not likely that the image on the coin (the same as on the mausoleum)
> was of a conventional rocket ship. There were no working spacecraft of that
> type on Urth. It would be almost impossible to represent the seven-sided
> Ship of Tzadkiel on a coin. Remember that both Severian and the Old Autarch
> had been shuttled between Urth and the Ship by a tender like the one
> described above, and the Old Autarch's face was on the obverse side of the
> coin. The flying ship was the symbol he and Severian (and possibly Ymar) had
> in common.

Plus, if it were a conventional rocket ship, they wouldn't have been
so quick to call what they were living in "Towers"


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 the man who cannot read them."
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