(urth) "been teaching literature for over 35 years"

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Sun Sep 8 19:38:56 PDT 2013

On 9/8/2013 9:55 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> On Sun, September 8, 2013 17:40, David Stockhoff wrote:
>> On 9/8/2013 6:07 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
>>> Back in ~1980, I believe the isotopic decay source was the only one
>>> generally recognized, and it's possible that the metal depletion
>>> mentioned
>>> in the Book would be of*radioactive*  metals, powering the great ships
>>> and
>>> robots aboard them. This explains a possible reason for there to be
>>> still
>>> funeral bronzes and moveable type in a metal poor world, and of course
>>> isotopes sent into space can't keep the crust lubricated.
>> How far down would humans have to strip the mantle (using robots, of
>> course) to mess with tectonics? Wouldn't the entire planetary surface
>> have to be mined? or just where plates meet?
> I have no idea, but it seems like no coincidence that *everywhere* in
> Sev's time anyone happens to delve into the earth, there is already
> evidence of previous diggers and builders.  Even underwater, he discovers
> another huge drowned city beyond his own huge, newly drowned city. It
> apparently took only a few centuries to carve faces into every mountain in
> Sudamerica with the gear Typhon brought with him and was able to scrounge,
> and there have been many nations on Urth for many chiliads before him....

That, and the bits of plastic everywhere. Well, that would do away with 
any need for truly geologic time scales to explain Severian's remarks.

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