(urth) Ultan's Library Shadows of the New Sun Interviews

Andrew Mason andrew.mason53 at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 19 13:55:22 PDT 2013

Lee Berman wrote:

> (p.s. Heh, be careful! In one interview, Gene Wolfe was explicit in
> specifying
> Aphrodite as the sex goddess, not the love goddess, along with Ares as a
> soldier
> god rather than the god of war. I assume that has significance to his
> work.)

True: yet the Whorl goddess Kypris, whose name derives from a title of
Aphrodite, is certainly a love goddess and not just a sex goddess. (She
inspires Mint, for instance, with love of the city.) I would guess this is
an example of the Wolfean theme of people growing into their assigned
roles; if enough people see her as a love goddess, that is what she will

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