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Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 08:57:40 -0500
Subject: Re: (urth) revelatory message/converting dislike
From: Adam Stephanides 

on 5/28/02 3:19 PM, Jerry Friedman at jerry_friedman@yahoo.com wrote:

> As long as we're criticizing these books, I remember that in his
> interview with Nick Gevers, Wolfe said that Severian shows up because
> he was like the gun on the wall that has to be fired (but Wolfe forgot
> to give credit to Chekhov).

That comment struck me as strange.  The idea seemed to be that if two books
are set in the same universe and the protagonists can possibly meet, they
have to do so (as if Balzac were required to have all the protagonists of
his Comedie Humaine meet each other).  I certainly wouldn't have feot
cheated if Severian had never appeared in the Short Sun books.



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