|Thank you, Mr. Setzer and Mr. Hudgins! |
The speech toward the end of the book (before Jethroís Transhumania takes over the world) is lengthy for a novel, but certainly not 60 pages. Perhaps it is a fifth of that size, but this is understandable given that Jethroís speech, unlike Galtís speech, focuses on ethics and politics (and the implications of technology for each) only, not much on metaphysics and epistemology. Still, I definitely see the influence of Ayn Rand in the fact that such a speech is in the novel and the fact that it lays out the protagonist's philosophy in detail prior to the climax of the novel.