Saturday, 26 September 2015
Some Details... II
Cancer as an archaic symbol!
Nicol and Falaire lie on a bed in a spaceship cabin surrounded by:
"The moving, three-dimensional illusion of a forest..." (p. 137)
- with night sky, warm breeze, sounds of leaves and spice-like odors. They are used to such illusions and able to relax with them.
In a dreambox, Nicol sees:
from a point in space where the Sun is only the brightest star but star light is almost twice as bright as the Moon seen from Nauru;
some surface details and lights on Proserpina;
scenes of underground Proserpinan life, where a ceiling simulates a sky;
engineering projects to expand living space and exploit resources;
captains in taverns, returned from the comets;
a duel to the death, in spacesuits with swords...
Anderson intends us to admire the Lunarians but I cannot buy into everything that they do.