Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Four Themes And Four Authors
Lewis addresses time travel in "The Dark Tower";
Stirling addresses space travel in his Lords of Creation series;
Wells wrote theology in God, The Invisible King (non-fiction);
Anderson, of course, addresses everything!
Lewis was an unlikely guy to get himself onto a list with Wells etc but he did this by writing a single trilogy against the philosophies of Wells and Stapledon. Whereas American hard sf writers are Wellsian as well as Heinleinian, Lewis, a British academic, was anti-Wellsian but wrote well enough to put himself on the map.
James Blish explicitly responded to Lewis in two volumes of After Such Knowledge. Poul Anderson addressed "The Problem of Pain" and the question of a second Incarnation without referring to Lewis. This leads to a discussion of two intersecting literary traditions and another post.