Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Physical Environments

Poul Anderson gives us politics, philosophy and vividly described physical environments. The University of Nova Roma, like an enclosed town covering a hill in the center of the city, predates the Empire, bearing scars of the Troubles, and incorporates an iridescent wall that predates mankind.

Desai, visiting Thane, passes through a main gateway, then a maze of courts, lanes, stairs, trees, gardens, memorial plaques, statues and buildings with Gothic arches and Rusko spires that are different in the lower gravity. Chimes from a belfry sound martial, not academic, but that reflects Aenean history.

He goes "...past Rybnikov Laboratories, behind Pickens Library, across Adzel Square to Borglund Hall..."
-Poul Anderson, Captain Flandry: Defender Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2010), p. 121.

We recognize at least some of these names.

From Tatiana's kitchenette, above stone dragons, they have:

"...an unparalleled view across quads, halls, towers, battlements, down and onto Nova Roma, the River Flone and its belt of green, the ocherous wilderness beyond." (p. 127)


Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Paul!

Yes, I do recognize some of the names you listed: Pickens Library immediately reminded me of Admiral David Pickens, a former subordinate of Huch McCormac who remained loyal to Emperor Josip and led the fleet opposing the McCormac's revolt. And we are both familiar with Adzel, of course!

Not quite sure where I came across "Borglund," however.


Paul Shackley said...

Borglund was Ivar's mother's maiden name. The residential hall would have been named after an ancestress.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Paul!

Dang! A small detail easy to overlook or forget!