Sunday, 25 January 2015
A Specialized African Ape
Laurinda: "'Because she's chosen to make them human. And what are we but a specialized african ape?'"
Laurinda: "'Specialized to make tools and languages and dreams; but the dreams can be nightmares.'"
-Poul Anderson, Genesis (New York, 2001), pp. 193-194.
Now that is good. Apes; from Africa; specialized; tools; languages; dreams; nightmares: that is us. I was brought up to believe in original sin resulting from a primeval Fall but I now think: see here.
I ask again: how many important questions arise from reading a single Poul Anderson novel?