Tuesday, 18 October 2016


"Remembering a little about Classical Greek philosophy - even if the human colony on Hermes had broken away from Earth and established itself as a grand duchy, it remained proud of its heritage and taught ancient history in the schools - Falkayn could follow that logic." (The Van Rijn Method, p. 206)

Three Points of Note
(i) Falkayn is responding to the Ivanhoan claim that circles and spheres are perfect shapes, therefore manifestations of God. This is different from either of the Ivanhoan religions encountered by Juan Hernandez.

(ii) This story introduces Falkayn and this sentence gives us the first information about his home planet, Hermes.

(iii) Hermetians are proud of their heritage, therefore are not losing their "soul" as suggested by the promoters of the Festival of Man. There are other examples:

Dennitzans preserve Orthodox Christianity and Serbian speech despite also being culturally influenced by their resident Merseians;
some Altaians revere Mother Terra.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I agree, the Hermetians and the other colonies you listed were not losing their souls for having left Old Earth and settling other worlds. They all, in their different ways, cherished and preserved much from their ancestral pasts. To say nothing of many of them remaining Christians.

Aeneas, Nyzanza, and Vixen were other colonies where the same could be said.