Friday, 3 April 2015
Lewis, Anderson, Blish And Stirling
Perelandra by Lewis and The Game Of Empire by Anderson each address the question of God's relationship to extraterrestrial intelligences.
Perelandra by Lewis and A Case Of Conscience by James Blish are each set on a sinless planet.
In Perelandra, a demon speaks through the possessed body of Edward Weston but Weston momentarily breaks through:
"...for one second something like the old Weston reappeared - the old Weston, staring with eyes of horror and howling, 'Ransom! Ransom! For Christ's sake don't let them -'"
- CS Lewis, Voyage To Venus (London, 1978), p. 86.
In The Sky People (New York, 2006) by SM Stirling, also set on Venus, an alien mechanism speaks through the controlled brain of Franziskus Binkis but Binkis momentarily breaks through:
"For a moment Franziskus was her man again...'Help me, Judviga! Help me!'" (p. 216)
Four neat parallels?