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Rigidity question have attracted much interest in the past. In the compact case, we have the famous work of Calabi and Vesentini  and Mostow . Whereas Calabi and Vesentini proved a local version, namely that compact quotients of bounded symmetric domains admit no nontrivial deformations in case the domain is irreducible and of complex dimension at least 2, Mostow proved a global rigidity result, at the expense, however, of working only within the class of quotients of symmetric domains. Mostow's work is based on quasiconformal mappings. A different analytic approach was recently undertaken by Siu . If M is a compact K~ ihler manifold diffeomorphic (or, more generally, homotopically equivalent) to a quotient N of an irreducible bounded symmetric domain, he studied a harmonic homotopy equivalence the existence of which is assured by the theorem of EeUs and Sampson, and demonstrated that
This note answers some questions on holomorphic curves and their distribution in an algebraic surface of positive index. More specifically, we exploit the existence of natural negatively curved "pseudo-Finsler" metrics on a surface S of general type whose Chern numbers satisfy c(2)1>2c2 to show that a holomorphic map of a Riemann surface to S whose image is not in any rational or elliptic curve must satisfy a distance decreasing property with respect to these metrics. We show as a consequence that such a map extends over isolated punctures. So assuming that the Riemann surface is obtained from a compact one of genus q by removing a finite number of points, then the map is actually algebraic and defines a compact holomorphic curve in S. Furthermore, the degree of the curve with respect to a fixed polarization is shown to be bounded above by a multiple of q - 1 irrespective of the map.