"The weather felt suddenly less warm and she noticed too clearly how dark the sky was."
-Poul Anderson, "Ramble With A Gamblin' Man" IN Anderson, Tales Of The Flying Mountains, pp. 129-163 AT p. 130.
Meanwhile, this fourth of the seven installments of Flying Mountains evokes mythology. There is a "...zoo island Aeaea..." (p. 132) in Lake Circe on the colonized asteroid, Odysseus. And, in the Greek myths, the sorceress Circe changed Odysseus' men into animals on the island of Aeaea. Our much-quoted poet, James Elroy Flecker, also references Aeaea immediately before mentioning Odysseus:
|but in that same||20|
|(Fished up beyond Aeaea, patched up new|
|—Stern painted brighter blue—)|
|That talkative, bald-headed seaman came|
|(Twelve patient comrades sweating at the oar)|
|From Troy's doom-crimson shore,||25|
|And with great lies about his wooden horse|
|Set the crew laughing, and forgot his course.|