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To: Kip Russell

Reread the story. Both groups were maintaining continuity, but from opposite viewpoints. The Church had records going back several cycles.

Also the original short story is different from the expanded novel.

It wasn’t fundamentally all that different from the current situation where both science and the Bible seek to explain everything. Odd convergences happen...


47 posted on 10/14/2013 10:18:30 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void
Reread the story. Both groups were maintaining continuity, but from opposite viewpoints. The Church had records going back several cycles.

Your point about maintaining continuity is well-taken, although my point was that the scientists were trying to preserve civilization and technology, something the Cult had no interest in...they were simply mystics trying maintain their religion (a point of view Asimov wasn't particularly fond of; the scientists are presented positively, whereas the members of the Cult are wild-eyed fantatics).

Also the original short story is different from the expanded novel.

I've never read the novel, only the short story.

52 posted on 10/14/2013 10:26:06 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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