(urth) May 2014 Wolfe interview in _Technology Review_

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 13:54:08 PDT 2014

Doesn't have to be a lie if something else can explain it. "Nope, whole
scene is fabricated." Why two species of alien if both won't be used? Wolfe
likes very elaborate games or there would be only one imitative species.
There's a reason we can still argue about it after 40 years though. The
puzzles are sometimes over constructed and offer a nice false conclusion as

On Monday, July 28, 2014, Gerry Quinn <gerry at bindweed.com> wrote:

> On 28/07/2014 19:31, Marc Aramini wrote:
>> If victor takes the place if Marsch, then victor's death scene and the
>> tree teaching out for him as he falls is an outright lie.  Why didn't he
>> want to go see his parents?
> This lie is easy to explain - Victor has taken the place af Marsch, so he
> must invent a description of his own.
> And how can he visit his parents?  He has become someone else.
> Also: "When he came close to them they extended their hands, open, and
> smiled; but he [Sandwalker] did not understand that open hands meant (or
> had meant, once) that they held no weapons.  His people had never known
> weapons."  No pronoun shift, in my edition anyway. No slaughter either, not
> then at least.  In VRT there are stories of an aboriginal shaman whose name
> is given in versions of both Eastwind and Sandwalker; clearly VRT was
> riffing off this when he wrote "A Story".  (He believes the history, but of
> course he invented the specific characters.)
> - Gerry Quinn
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