Thanks. Just some thoughts and questions.
1. Glen started by arguing (reasonably, I thought, but, for me, based on a different interpretation) that "A Story" was written after John V Marsch's release -- due to the overlaps between "A Story" and tFHoC. But by the end, you both seem to have rejected that reading for the opinion it was written in prison. Can you walk that conclusion again?
2. No abos? I don't agree but I appreciate ya'll going to such lengths to defend the hot take. I found that portion enjoyable in that it reminded me of the experts within Wolfe's stories that are there to offer a naturalistic explanation of some event that ignores the bigger picture (like Dr Marsch failing to recognize abos when they are all around him). "There's a column here that is designed to carry a lot of weight but it disappears into the darkness above us. There is therefore no evidence of any substantial structures above. The column is probably ornamental." I think Wolfe's argument (and CS Lewis's and Chesterton's) would be that the column is evidence in itself. In fact, that sort of architecture is what Wolfe's plotting is all about.
3. Regarding "Scandinavian pygmies", Wolfe was a happy consumer of popular speculative science. Stories about pre-columbian Egyptian/Phoenician/Greek discoveries of South America or ancient, lost high tech would have appealed to him without significant skepticism. I would not doubt there was a heterodox anthropological paper from the 60s or 50s arguing for the existence of diminutive Scandinavian tribes existing into the 19th century. This sort of "lore" (unsourced but widely credited and undisputed) was common in the Time Before the Internet. All that to say that "Skraeling" does mean "little man" -- or at least, so some have said. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/skraeling