Sunday, 17 April 2016
Poul Anderson deliberately appealed to three or more senses in descriptive passages;
SM Stirling learned such techniques from Anderson;
in Jerry Pournelle's and SM Stirling's Go Tell The Spartans, we find -
"'Beautiful country,' he said contentedly..."
-Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 706.
In the following passage:
tall, gold-green grass;
dense wild rose and semibamboo ("semi-" because Sparta is a terraformed planet);
big fire-gold and scarlet maples;
fallen leaves muffling hoof beats;
afternoon light making the ground a flaming carpet;
hollow sounds indicating kilometers of giant caves below;
springs and pools;
on the horizon, gleaming peaks higher and longer than the Himalayas;
chill clean air, "...smelling of green and rock..." (ibid.);
good game country with imported pheasant, duck, rabbit and venison.
Yes! It is worthwhile to pause and analyze such passages.