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Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 00:01:11 -0500
From: Andrew Reeves 
Subject: (urth) Was Jonas a Chem?

The recent discussion on chems and their nature has caused me to weigh
in with a few brief thoughts.  The first of these is that though there
are a lot of technological questions involving the chems and their
function, we ought to remember that this is getting on 50k to a million
years hence, at which point Clarke's Law ought to be in full effect.  So
I think that Wolfe can engage in just about any sort of handwaving in
that regard.

Something else that may or may not have come up in years past, but which
I haven't noticed, is the question as to whether or not Jonas in not a
chem who (like Marble) was repaired partially with human parts.  Indeed,
there is a lot of weirdness going on with his personality that rather
reminds me of what happened when Marble merged with Rose (not in the
particulars, just that things are... odd).  Still, these are just random
thoughts, and _New Sun_, having been written before _Long Sun_ would not
take a future work into account.

Still, what do others think?



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