(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Mon Sep 27 11:46:08 PDT 2010

Perhaps, but I believe Severian observes that Little Sev was pretty well fried. That suggests that energies were expended in frying him, causing the flash, whether or not some kind of soul extraction occurred. 
Since we know the frying occurred, you'd be proposing a doubled event consuming doubled energies and producing doubled results (death and scanning). That's too complicated. And there is no evidence that "soul" scanning requires death.
--- On Mon, 9/27/10, Nicholas Jost <nickjost at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Nicholas Jost <nickjost at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) note Re: Short Sun blog
To: urth at lists.urth.net
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:19 PM

From: Jeff Wilson <jwilson at io.com>

Typhon's resurrection by Severian is not reasonably believable as a 
biological process, and I certainly did not casually accept it as one 
when I first read the books, or the third time. But it is just as 
believable as the result of Severian's time-bending superpowers as any 
other resurrection in the books.

Why is it always assumed that Severian brought him back? 
is none of the mythic special effects around his contact with Typhon.
However, there is a blood sacrifice and associated special effects
when Little Sev dies.  On my reading I always assumed that the
"magic" ring sucked down Little Sev's soul and used it to power
the monster Typhon.  Its not like we don't have soul sucking
monsters in these stories with meta-physic complications
running around.  Little Sev dies and Typhoon rises.  The 
dragon done ate 'im.

Nicholas Jost


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