(urth) Babbie

John Watkins john.watkins04 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 12:49:56 PDT 2009

Yes and no...I think Wolfe is interested in the question of how the human
mind approaches the divine and in the way that the Divine approaches the
human mind.

On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM, David Stockhoff <dstockhoff at verizon.net>wrote:

> Thematically, do you think Wolfe is pondering the extent and manner in
> which we make our own gods? Certainly the matter of "false" gods serving the
> true god is present in BotNS, and seems to continue in LS/SS.
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> I'm actually rereading it right now...read chapter one of On Blue's Waters
> last night.  I'll keep an eye out for signs that Horn is Typhon's clone.
> My theory is that it all comes down to two passages in Long Sun--Incus
> explaining that demons can't pretend to be gods without being absorbed into
> the god, and the Outsider telling Silk that he's absorbing Kypris, and
> that,
> even if Kypris is killed, he'll simply absorb Thelx as instead.  Typhons
> family *are *demons, in a very real sense, and the Outsider is engaged in
> the process of aborbing them into his godhood.  Kypris is first and
> easiest,
> because, like the Outsider, she's a love god.
> So Kypris is the one who suggests to Silk, and also (in my theory) to the
> technicians (via Tartaros?  whatever) that Silk must be taken to Mainframe
> for Pas.  The addition of the basically-good Silk-soul into the
> basically-evil Typhon soul that constitutes Pas is the first step of
> redeeming Pas into a god fit for worship on Blue.
> Anyway, that's my reading.  I'd argue that Silk/Horn's role in bringing
> peace to the soul of Scylla is additional evidence that this is what's
> going
> on, thematically, in the books.
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