You knew it was coming: the full rationale for my belief that Mary Pink Butterflies is a typo lies in the edition history. the original Scribner features several obvious typos used in the Orb edition which were corrected in the 1976 Ace edition (perhaps Wolfe submitted his pre-Scribner copy edited manuscript to Ace or actually made changes). One of these areas is the infamous moment in VRT where a huge creature weighs ... fifteen pounds. Marsch struggles with it and wonders how he could get it all on his mount. The Ace edition is the only one that gets that right at 1500 pounds. The ace edition says Many Pink Butterflies. I feel it is the definitive version. also, the abo girls have three names, the first of which is usually an adjective. Seven girls waiting, Cedar branches waving, etc. and while Pink butterflies is slightly different, as we will discuss in our wrap up, I think all men being named John has NO religious relevance, only metatextual Import. The story is about what happened to John V Marsch metaphorically, so of course all men are named John - it is all about him, a veiled personal history as well as a cultural history. Many Pink Butterflies also tells us about something in the first and third novella, the many flesh looking butterflies saturating the text, just as cedar branches waving warns us to look out for the trees, who are clearly doing something. My faith in the ace edition compels me.
Hello, first time poster here. I have been following the podcast cover Fifth Head of Cerberus at work and in Episode 44, the Wrap Up, Brandon and Glenn briefly talk about Neal Stephenson's Anathem and how its use of leaves as paper could be a nod to Fifth Head. Glenn also says there are several Book of the New Sun references in Anathem. I'm a big fan of Anathem and read the Book of New Sun last year, but I'm at a loss of spotting the references. Can anyone help me out, or is this discussed in another episode?