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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) contra Summa contra Marcus
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:41:19 -0800

Matthew Malthouse interjects a bit of realism to the discussion:

> ... we have a contradiction between celestial mechanics and
> narrative. It's fiction, not history, so narrative is our 
> only evidence and it would appear that celestial mechanics
> can go hang.  ;-)


The play's the thing -- or, rather, the novel is. Wolfe may 
be following yet another basic convention of science fiction: 
when physical reality conflicts with a compelling storyline, 
and you can't reconcile the two, wave your hands and make the
physical reality go away. It's all about the story.



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