Sunday, 7 May 2017
Seeing And Expecting
-SM Stirling, The Sunrise Lands (New York, 2008), Chapter Fifteen, p. 352.
James Blish adapted Star Trek. People assumed that he wrote the TV series. One person kept saying that he had done so even though I contradicted her several times. Another guy said that he saw Blish's name in the credits at the end of an episode.
None of the POTA (Planet Of The Apes) films was called Return To..., yet a new POTA film was referred to as this. The title was then given to an animated series about a first visit.
I expect we can all cite examples of people seeing what they expect. Some of Poul Anderson's characters see an alien and immediately compare it with some Terrestrial animal even though, on closer inspection, the resemblance is not really there.