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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Geography of Urth; GW's Author list; Disclave
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 08:16:31 

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

On Fri, 6 Feb 1998, Joshua A. Solomon wrote:

> David_Lebling@avid.com wrote:
> > 
> > I can do the C word! In _Citadel_, ch. 37, Severian sees for the first
> > time a river or stream flowing north and east.  "All streams, in my
> > previous experience, ran south or southwest..."  I recall something more
> > explicit, but can't find it right now.  In any case it is clear that the
> > continental divide runs from northwest to southeast, not north-south
> > right at the coast as it does in our South America.
> Don't all the rivers in the delta region of Buenos Aires run
> south or southwest?

How often does the earth's magnetic polarity reverse?  Often enough to
have happened between our time and Severian's?  Do you think Severian's
"North" is magnetic North or "true" North?


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