Wednesday, 10 August 2016

In The Mind

This will be a very short post. It is late and I will soon be in bed. Today I saw Suicide Squad. The villain read the minds of some Squad members and knew what they most wanted to happen. I also watched an episode of Smallville. When Lex Luthor was in a coma, Clark Kent used experimental technology to enter Lex's mind in search of vital information. Quiz question: in which Poul Anderson story does something like this happen? The narrator of the story says that he has recently read Berdyaev and Lenau.

Recently I discussed "Two Ways" that are mentioned in Poul Anderson's fiction. They are also mentioned in his non-fiction, i.e., in the article "Wellsprings of Dream" on pp. 237-247 of All One Universe (New York, 1997). The ultimate state of the universe might all be in one mind. I need to reread this article and maybe also the story, to continue rereading Operation Chaos and, when it arrives, to start reading SM Stirling's Against The Tide Of Years.

The human imagination encompasses this entire universe and every conceivable universe.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I immediately thought of "Journeys End," but this story makes no mention of brain surgery, so it can't be the one you mean.

I look forward to any comments you care to make about Stirling's AGAINST THE TIDE OF YEARS. I'm somewhere page 430 of my paperback copy of ISLAND IN THE SEA OF TIME. My chief criticism being the implausible use of large numbers of women by Nantucket as soldiers. I simply don't think that would be the case in "real" life. For one thing women are simply not as STRONG as men. So, rare exceptions aside, this was a weak point in Stirling's book.

And I have more than once found Andersonian echoes in ISLAND. One being Stirling's use of "angry strangers," which goes back to Anderson's "No Truce With Kings."