Thursday, 28 April 2016
Time, Space And History
There are two moments when the historical fantasy of the King of Ys Tetralogy touches on science fictional issues. First, a clairvoyant priestess says:
"'The stars are more far away than ever we knew; the cold of those vastnesses comes seeping down over the world, through and through me.'" (Roma Mater, p. 90)
Can she sense interstellar distances?
"'...his destiny has reached out of the future and touched him.
''He feels it.'" (p. 91)
Can the future affect the past, as in time travel?
Lastly for now, an event in Ys prefigures a similar occasion in seventeenth century England. Gratillonius, Mithraist, cannot accept the crown ''...for the God alone is Lord.'" (p. 126) Oliver Cromwell, Puritan, cannot accept the crown of England because Christ, not man, is King.