(urth) Pike's ghost
gerry at bindweed.com
Sat Nov 26 15:16:21 PST 2011
From: Larry Miller
> I apologize for asking such a question as Im sure it has been
> discussed ad naseum but as I am fairly new to the list and still
> playing catch up in the archives here goes: What makes anyone think
> that Silk is a clone of Typhon? Id be interested in hearing the basis
> of this theory and any textual evidence anyone has that points to such
> a conclusion. Thanks.
There are a good few reasons that appeal to various degrees to various people. One is the fact that Silk is certainly a special embryo, one seeming bred to have leadership abilities. Another is the thoughts and hints from several places that Typhon/Pas would have planned to disembark on the colonised planets. Those two are the main ones that tilt me towards the concept. I know Marc also sets store by various dreams and visions of Silk, and Kypris wanting him in particular to augment Pas. And I think other people have other motivations for thinking that way.
But there are problems with Silk as Typhon clone – I pointed out this particular one before in regard to Mamelta and Rigoglio, but I just realised it applies to all Sleepers.
I think it’s very possible that Silk as Typhon clone was a ‘seed’ for Wolfe’s original concept, a seed that got buried and eventually abandoned as a real thread in the storyline. [Okay, seeds need to be buried – but they die if you bury them too deep.]
- Gerry Quinn
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