(urth) Urth is a colonised planet

Gerry Quinn gerry at bindweed.com
Tue Sep 26 08:57:48 PDT 2017

This just occurred to me as I was talking about _BOTNS_ in another venue.

We often talk about _FHOC_ as a discussion of colonisation, which of 
course it is.

But Urth in Severian's time is surely a colonised planet.  What brought 
it home to me was that I referred to visiting aliens, and I subsequently 
remembered they were called cacogens by the poeple of the Commonwealth.  
But in fact they are the alien ruling class, enacting their decrees via 
the local aristocracy.

Urth has a glorious history, of course - Typhon conquered many star 
systems.  But now it has been brought to heel.

- Gerry Quinn

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