Tuesday, 8 December 2015
The Mermaid Tavern
Another of Poul Anderson's colorful inns is the underwater Mermaid Tavern in "The Sensitive Man," with its aquarium, coral pillars and grottos, swordfish and murals of Neptune on the walls and windows showing nothing but green-blue seawater.
SM Stirling's Conquistador quotes a song that refers to the Mermaid Cafe.
Simon Dalgetty, whom we first meet in the Mermaid Tavern, was trained in sensitivity by an Englishman who lived in an old house in Maine. This recalls Professor Xavier and the X-Men.
Dalgetty's apparent telepathy is the hearing and interpretation of subvocalized thoughts but do most people subvocalize in this way and would it really be possible to discern and interpret the vibrations?
I can only manage brief posts at present but they are intended to provoke thought.