(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Mar 18 09:58:50 PDT 2009

Yes, that's a good one. Remind me how it ends ...


Message: 5
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:19:50 -0400 (EDT)
From: brunians at brunians.org
Subject: Re: (urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe
To: "The Urth Mailing List" <urth at lists.urth.net>
Message-ID: <13907. at brunians.org>
Content-Type: text/plain;charset=iso-8859-1

Or that one with the near-future woods bum who needs a new hunting rifle
and goes on a reality show that puts tv cameras in his head and a
$100,000, which the Feds want, of course. He has a bit of a head start and
has to find his black market weapons dealer and get back away to the woods
with the cops after him.

I think that one is pretty explicit. I love the very last bit: classic Wolfe.


> > Well, very few criminal shootings are from a distance or with a rifle
> > (same thing). So it's always going to be point-blank shootings (of
> > strangers or not) vs stabbings or beatings (of strangers or not).
> > Stabbings are usually motivated by rage, because you get the victim's
> > blood all over you. You can casually shoot the storekeeper because he
> > looked at you funny, or shoot him in a panic because you lost your nerve.
> >
> > I'd like to actually mention a Gene Wolfe story. The Ziggurat from Strange
> > Travelers always seemed to me to contain a healthy chunk of Wolfean
> > psychology/politics. The protagonist hunts, lives alone, harbors some
> > anger against women, and has to deal with aliens killing his son. If
> > anyone has a point to prove about Wolfe and guns, look there.
> >
> > ------------------------------

avast! Antivirus: Outbound message clean.
Virus Database (VPS): 090317-0, 03/17/2009
Tested on: 3/18/2009 12:58:51 PM
avast! - copyright (c) 1988-2009 ALWIL Software.

More information about the Urth mailing list