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From: "Tony Ellis" 
Subject: (urth) Re: What abos?
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 10:44:31 +0100

Jerry Friedman wrote:
> To sum up: I see more and better evidence against the abos' existence
> than for it.

Pro abo:
Having primed us with the knowledge that abos can't use tools, Wolfe tells
us over and over again that Victor is completely ham-fisted. More than that,
he makes Marsch, the arrogant academic who is looking for abos, tell us this
over and over, without once making the connection. This is typical both of
the way Wolfe encodes true information, and of his penchant for poking fun
at academics.

The account of Rober Culot. And don't forget that the interviews we see are
only the tip of the iceberg of accounts Marsch has gathered.

Marsch himself writes "There was a native race. The stories are too
widespread, to circumstantial, too well documented."  He may be arrogant,
but he's not stupid, and he's put in the legwork.

And finally. If there really aren't any abos, doesn't that make for kind of
a dull story? :-)


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