From: "Tony Ellis"
Subject: Re: (urth) Victor's parents, abos, Liev's postpostulate, and more Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 15:20:25 +0100 While there's nothing in 5HC that lets us say for certain Roy Trenchard is Victor's biological father, that I'm aware of, I can think of several subtle indicators. One is that Victor's Annese traits seem to be diluted: he can't alter his appearance as well as his mother, he tells us, and he's sufficiently dextrous to have mastered basic penmanship. However, my real problem with the idea of Victor inventing a human origin myth for the Annese to explain how Roy could be his father is this: why on Earth should he? He hates his father. He venerates his Annese mother, venerates the Free People. He would love to think that his 'real' father was Annese. Surely, if Victor was going to invent anything about the Free People, he would invent absolute genetic incompatibility with humans, to reinforce a cosy fantasy that the man he calls a "dirty, drunken beggar" couldn't possibly be his true parent. The fact that Victor instead puts all the prehistoric-colonists-from-Earth stuff into 'A Story', no matter how it might grate, seems to me further confirmation that he's not making the whole thing up. --