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From: m.driussi@genie.com
Subject: (whorl) Pike's Ghost
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 97 21:14:00 GMT

[Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

Reply:  Item #7269253 from WHORL@LISTS.BEST.COM@INET00#


True, further questions might help.  And multiple choice would narrow
it down.  Since Wolfe wrote "it wasn't machine made," I'm inclined to
think that Pike's ghost is neither aquastor nor eidolon--not wanting to
drive into the but-an-AI-computer-isn't-a-machine avenue (I think it
would be a blind alley).

So it seems to me we are down to two candidates: alien (inhumu, Quetzal
or some other one) and miraculous (along the lines of the
enlightenments--i.e., it is a real ghost).  The thing seems to have physical
presence--wears the beanie, after all.

Therefore, your second version: "Is `Pike's ghost' really Quetezal?
If not, who or what is it?" appears to fit the bill.

And, if we don't get a whole bunch of questions from new people, then
we can let it be yours.  (Or vizcacha's, if he wants to use it as his


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