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From: Charles Dye <raster@highfiber.com>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Secrets & Lies
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 11:02:57

"William H. Ansley" <wansley@warwick.net> writes:

>(As an aside, I find these eight-legged creatures unlikely. Unless their
>bodies are much longer relative to their height than beasts of comparable
>size on earth--I would say they'd have to be roughly three times longer--I
>can't see how the extra legs would do anything but get in the way. Of
>course, there is no reason to think that the animals on Blue don't have
>much longer bodies, except that Horn doesn't mention it. And since his
>descriptions of most of the animals he sees are pretty vague, this isn't
>much of an argument against it.)

I think the animals *are* significantly longer than the equivalent Urth
creatures.  Horn describes his elephant's howdah as a "long tent," and
at one point he manages to pile at least nine adults on top of the beast.
(No trilhoen, however.)


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