Thursday, 28 January 2016
POVs And Deaths
we follow the character into a hereafter (this can happen in fantasy);
the narrative ends abruptly, even in mid-sentence;
the omniscient narrator continues the narrative, however briefly.
Thus, when Chen dies:
-SM Stirling, Drakon (New York, 2000), p. 372.
Chen feels the impact, then the narrator informs us that there was nothing.
When Gwendolyn Ingolfsson dies:
"A moment of white light. Nothing." (p. 391)
Gwen sees the white light, then the narrator informs us that there was nothing.
Harry Turtledove describes Anson MacDonald's last moment:
"The poison worked almost as fast as they'd promised. He nodded before everything faded. He'd even got the last word."
-Harry Turtledove, "The Last Word" IN SM Stirling, Ed., Drakas! (Riverdale, NY, 2000), pp. 249-293 AT p. 293.
MacDonald reflects that he got the last word before everything fades.
When Rugo, the last native on a colonized extrasolar planet, drowns:
"He wondered if his mother would come for him."
-Poul Anderson, "Terminal Quest" IN Anderson, Alight In The Void (New York, 1993), pp. 1-28 AT p. 28.
Then a concluding paragraph describes the river flowing:
"...down in the valley, where the homes of men are built." (ibid.)
Men have conquered the planet.
There must by many other moments of death in Anderson's works?