(urth) Severians Later Appearance (Spoilers)

brunians at brunians.org brunians at brunians.org
Tue Jan 12 07:38:50 PST 2010

He hadn't planned it out, Tom.

When he wrote the New Sun he had no idea there was going to be a Short Sun.


> One of the main problems I have difficulty understanding is
> why Wolfe felt the need to include Severian in the Short Sun books. I am
> unclear
> on whether this is meant to be the Severian of the New Sun books, or his
> first
> iteration or maybe another. I find I am reluctant to accept that Severian
> did
> not include SilkHorn in the books because no one would believe him as he
> states, because Severian includes many wild adventures which seem even
> less
> likely. Also I think it creates an inconsistency with Merryn appearing in
> the
> New Sun book, surely they would recognise each other to a greater extent
> and I
> can't imagine Severian neglecting to mention something in that regard in
> the
> narrative; especially as he mentions another brief meeting between them as
> a
> child.
> In my mind It simply does not seem to add up, and I am convinced there is
> something I am missing which makes for a more feasible explanation. As at
> the
> momment it comes across to me as shoddy and unneeded yet I feel this must
> be a
> fault with my own understanding of the text, rather than Wolfe’s work.
> So I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts of theories on the matter, even If
> it
> happens to be it is the Severian from New Sun and he just fails to mention
> SilkHorn.
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