Sunday, 7 August 2016

A Little More Latin

The image shows Lucifer Morningstar, Beelzebub, Azazel and Morpheus before the hosts of Hell in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Preludes And Nocturnes (New York, 1989). This scene was inspired by a similar gathering of the Hellish host in Magic Inc. by Robert Heinlein. Poul Anderson, inspired by Magic Inc., described an expedition to Hell in Operation Chaos.

Late at night, I escape from the non-visual medium of prose fiction into either TV or graphic fiction although unfortunately Poul Anderson's works have not been adapted into these media yet. Because Anderson has accustomed me to always checking the meanings of Latin quotations, I googled the Liber Fulvarum Paginarum (p. 36) (here) and discovered that this fictional yellow book is referenced by both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I think we can be confident that there is a copy on the shelf in the Old Phoenix.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I thought Poul Anderson's depiction of hell in OPERATION CHAOS more convincingly grim and unpleasant, more HELLISH than Heinlein's effort. Probably because Anderson took the theological issues and their implications more seriously than did RAH.

And I wonder if ANYONE in the relevant fields will ever take an interest in dramatizing some of Anderson's stories for TV and the cinema? And I hope such a producer, director, and the scriptwriters they hired will treat Anderson's work with respect and ACCURACY!

I think a good first time effort would be dramatizing "The Game of Glory." Because it could probably be done with fairly minimal special effects in, say, the Bahamas.