Monday, 23 February 2015


OK. It is quite simple. The planet Ishtar is:

in orbit around Bel;
also close to Ea;
scorched every thousand years by the close approach of Anu.

Later, he travelled widely and joined the Triadic faith which personifies the three suns, whether literally or allegorically:

the main sun, Bel, is the sometimes terrible life-giver;
remote Ea symbolises the necessities of winter and death;
Anu, whose millennial approaches disrupt the planetary environment, brings chaos but also renewal.
-copied from here.

Life, death, chaos/renewal - Hinduism.

The Ishtarians variously name Anu:

the Red One;
the Stormkindler;
the Burner;
the Demon Sun;
the Invader;
the Marauder;
the Wicked Star;
the Rover;
the Torchbearer;
the Cruel Star;
Abbada, the outlaw god;
or by a series of epithets, none to be used twice in succession in case this draws its attention to the speaker.

The long-lived Ishtarians have learned ways to preserve the essentials of their civilization through Fire Time, the millennial scorching of their planet by Anu.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Paul!

Dang! Now I wonder if I should reread THE STAR FOX and FIRE TIME. And I did finish rereading GENESIS only about a week ago. Problem is, I've started reading an SF novel by a Chinese writer named Liu Cixin called THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM. So far, it seems good and interesting, beginning as it does in the madness of Mao's lunatic "Cultural Revolution."

After Liu's book, I need to ponder which of Poul Anderson's books to reread. Either THE STAR FOX books or some thing else.


Paul Shackley said...

You just can't keep up!

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Paul!

Ha!!! Too true!