(urth) The face of Pas

Roy C. Lackey rclackey at stic.net
Wed Sep 15 21:41:26 PDT 2010

Dave Tallman wrote:
> About the apparition of "Patera Pike" --
> 1) Pike was old when he died. RttW p. 40 says he was about eighty.
> 2) The apparition is called "the old auger," which happens to fit the
> Silk perfectly.
> 3) Wolfe in the Q+A session didn't ever say it was a real ghost. He said
> wasn't machine generated and it wasn't Quetzal in disguise. That's all. If
> he was ever more definite in another interview I'd like to see the
> Even if he was it could still fir Silk/Rajan.

It has long been my belief that Wolfe said Pike in the manse was a ghost,
and I know I'm not the only one with that impression. If he didn't state so
expressly elsewhere, this is the best I can do to reconstruct the belief. At
the time of the Q&A, the SS concept of astral travel was unknown to us.
Given the way the first Pike question was phrased, when Wolfe's answer
eliminated an aquastor and the answer to the second Pike question eliminated
Quetzal, a ghost was what was left. Sorry, but that's the best I can come up


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