Saturday, 28 May 2016

Giants

There is a saying that we see far because we stand on the shoulders of giants. Thus, we are not ourselves giants. We might adapt this saying and apply it to Poul Anderson by observing that Anderson stands shoulder to shoulder with giants and thus is himself a giant. Recently, we have compared Poul and Karen Anderson's The King Of Ys to very different works by:

James Blish;
Mike Carey;
Thomas Malory;
CS Lewis.

If we have not all heard of all these authors, this proves a point about diversity. The Andersons make the legendary King of Ys a heroic but realistically described fourth century Roman centurion whereas, in Lewis' treatment, Arthur remains the legendary King who did not die.

Two domestic points:

I must start switching the computer off earlier in the evening because it is keeping me awake;

a busy Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday stretch ahead with, for me, swimming, walking, an open air concert, a Superman dvd and the big annual car boot sale at Ryelands Park just across the River Lune so a lot less time for blogging.

Meanwhile, thank the gods and glory to the Emperor - both Norton and Molitor!

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I certainly agree Poul Anderson was a giant of science fiction and fantasy, easily surpassing Sir Arthur Clarke, Isaac Asimov, or the later (largely awful) works of Robert Heinlein. In fact, Poul Anderson deserves to be considered a master of literature in general. Not just in SF and F!

    I would prefer to say "Glory to the Emperor!" either to Manuel Argos or Emperor Georgios. But, Hans Molitor was a worthy Emperor, despite being a usurper (it helps that he was a reluctant usurper).

    Sean

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