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From: "Kevin J. Maroney" <kmaroney@crossover.com>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Does Horn Know He is Silk?
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 11:08:22 

Minor spoiler for _In Green's Jungles_: 

At 10:29 AM 7/24/00 -0400, Alga wrote:
>I think he does and he doesn't. Horn practically worshipped Silk as a
>boy, wrote a book about him, has invested much of his life in
>perpetuating his myth and doesn't feel up to "walking in his shoes." He
>knows that it is his--Horn's--personality in this body, however much
>Oreb may squawk. Nevertheless, parts of Silk are left, just as you can
>never erase a program completely from your computer.

Remember that Silk was genetically programmed to be an exceptional leader.
Once Horn took over Silk's body, he apparently gained that ability, too,
which is why the Gaonese made him Rajan, swore eternal loyalty to him, and
so forth. 

Before his "death", Horn can't buy a break. After his rebirth, he's a
demigod. Whatever genes Silk had, they're the pure product. 

Wombat, a.k.a. Kevin Maroney kmaroney@crossover.com
Kitchen Staff Supervisor, New York Review of Science Fiction

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