Saturday, 13 December 2014
Swordsmen Of Terra
Skipping ahead before turning in, I gather that the lands of darkness are not a supernatural realm but the unlit half of a planet whose other side permanently faces its sun and, further, that this planet is Earth in a far future.
In sf, the Latin noun, "Terra," with the specially coined adjective, "Terran," usually differentiates Earth from other planets in hard sf futures. However, in this story, unless I have missed it, the word "Terra" appears in the title though not in the text and the characters do not know that their world had been called "Earth."
Thus, so far, two of the uncollected stories, "War-Maid of Mars" and "Swordsman of Lost Terra," have not turned out as expected, although I will read "Swordsman..." through to ensure that I am not missing anything.