(urth) vanished people=Hieros
danldo at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 11:32:16 PST 2011
David Stockhoff wrote:
> The word your argument is missing here, Marc, is "iconic." That rocket
> lander is iconic. It means something in the Sun Cycle: it is itself. To
> recognize it on Green it is to understand either that there is a spacefaring
> civilization in Briah that builds cities out of rockets or that this is
> Nessus. It's like the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes.
This is absolutely correct. There is clearly a _relationship_ between
the tower-lander on Green and the tower-lander in Nessus. But what
that relationship is remains indeterminate.
Some want to see it as one of identity. Clearly possible, but far from
I suggest that it is one of _resonance_. The tower on Green resonates
with the tower in Nessus.
Samuel R. Delany writes in one of his essays that he insisted on
keeping a passage in one of his books where a character's foot slips
on a stone in a river, though it had no obvious consequences. Why?
Because, Delany explains, there is another passage in the story where
another character steps on the same stone and does _not_ slip. There
is a resonance between those two passages, which generates discourse
between them and so a kind of meaning.
I think Wolfe creates this kind of meaning a lot.
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