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From: <akt@attglobal.net>
Subject: (whorl) Horn ain't dead
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 00:27:01 

> From: Jim Jordan <jbjordan@gnt.net>

> >Though I should add an amusing personal note. Wolfe has read and
> >appreciates John Clute's
> >SF Weekly Review of RTTW.
> Well, that being the case, I must bow and admit that Horn is dead and
> lives. I was never certain, but I thought a case should be made for
> Horn Lives standpoint. I'll have to rethink a few categories...

I've been staying out of most of this because (a) I have other things on
my mind and (b) I don't have a copy of RTW handy to refer to. Though I
am on record as one of the disappointed ones. But I can never resist

It seems more and more repetitive to say so, but you just can't ignore
the computer model that GW has been enamoured with from the start of LS.
Yes, he has used dual (multiple) personalities before, as was clear with
Sev, but the whole idea of uploading and downloading very palpably took
his fancy at the point where the PC entered his life. So I will argue
for the Horn Lives viewpoint--quite vehemently, actually. You could say
that Horn's spirit was a very successful virus taking over the Silk
functional operating system (body). Or some other metaphor. But it seems
to me completely clear that whoever this person thinks he is at the end
of the book, Horn is *still there*. He will not, cannot, be erased from
the system completely. It might be like Sev being able to access Thecla
or the Autarch or whomever. Or not. Somewhere in LS there is an
explanation of how, after a god has possessed someone, the god is never
completely erased, and this is similar.

It seems to me that, if GW should want to write another book about these
people (my guess is not, because he seems so tired of them at this
point--but you never know). it will be important to the plot to have the
dual Silk/Horn interface. Like having Windows and Linux on the same


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