Thursday, 4 October 2012
Description Of Atlantis
The description, when we reach it on pages 93 and 94, is clear:
a circular island eleven miles across with the volcanic mountain at the centre of the island and in the middle of the bay of a miles-wide lagoon;
a landscaped lesser island with buildings guarding the mouth of the lagoon;
a city rising from the water covering the hills;
Crete visible on the southern horizon.
Reid, approaching the island, thinks:
"Was Atlantis no more than this?" (p. 93)
- then, entering the lagoon, realises:
"...that here was indeed a place legend would never forget." (p. 94)
Anderson makes the place real and credible - small but impressive enough to have launched the legend. Similarly, at the end of his Time Patrol series, he added a story about the Knights Templar and, again, was restrained in his treatment of the Knights: no great secret at their core but nevertheless a formidable organisation that changed history.