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Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 09:25:27 +0100 (BST)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Nicholas=20Gevers?= 
Subject: (urth) A Price on my Head (was: Wash Post article)

Nigel Price: Thanks for your kind remarks about my
article. In response to your points:

1) When I referred to Wolfe as a maze builder, yes, I
certainly had “A Solar Labyrinth” (one of Wolfe’s best
stories) in mind, but the labyrinth metaphor is one
with a broad natural application to Wolfe. It simply
fits, specific story or no. Your analysis of Wolfe’s
shifting shadows of significance is elegantly
formulated. That example of the end of LONG SUN is a
good one—when I wrote my “Five Steps Towards Briah”
article back in ’98, the flight from false world to
pleroma seemed very clear, but the bases shifted for
SHORT SUN—somewhat, not invalidating but rather
recontextualising what had gone before.

2) Colons: I’m an inveterate user of colons and
semicolons; I like long, rhetorically balanced
sentences. I think the editors at the Wash Post did a
lot of repunctuating in the article, and the standards
they used were very much theirs.

3) Yes, I’m proposing that 5HC is part of the Briah
Cycle, retrospectively included of course. As I
recently said in response to Kevin Maroney, this is
experimental, something I think should be tested, and
used if found to be sound. I think that the twin
planet parallel requires that my hypothesis be
conceded. Perhaps I should articulate a challenge, to
those who don’t think 5HC is set in Briah: what
actually disqualifies my assumption? Why do you say so
emphatically that 5HC doesn’t fit? 

--Nick Gevers.

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