(urth) Short Sun blog review

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Tue Sep 21 10:05:15 PDT 2010

Exactly. You'd think the reviewer would have checked this before blogging, since he makes a point of it. Instead, he assumes all his assumptions are fact.
Also, the sun is not a red giant in Severian's day, although I certainly assumed so on first reading, until it was explained.

--- On Tue, 9/21/10, Lee Berman <severiansola at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Lee Berman <severiansola at hotmail.com>
Subject: (urth) Short Sun blog review
To: urth at lists.urth.net
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 12:27 PM

>The decision to have the Ark narrative be set in the same timespace as the earlier "New Sun" stories, two multi-volume series back, seems like a nostalgic impulse Wolfe shouldn't have succumbed to. Surely a culture that could producean Ark to travel between star systems is an energetic young one, not the miserable Byzantine world of the "New Sun" novels, set on an Earth so far in the future that the Sun has swollen to Red Giant proportions.
This is the section which bothered me the most. Seems to ignore the possibility that The
Whorl was created and sent during the heyday of the First Empire and misses the rather
explicitly explained idea that the sun was reduced in intensity rather rapidly, and likely 
on purpose, at the end of this Empire.

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