Friday, 3 March 2017
In many works by Poul Anderson and SM Stirling, there is a fine literary tradition of appealing to at least three senses in descriptive passages. On a farm after the Change:
"...turned earth wet with the morning..." (p. 24);
the rising and falling moan of a spinning wheel;
the rhythmic thumping of a loom;
a whirling metal wind pump.
"...apples glowing red among the leaves." (p. 25)
Beyond the farm is wilderness:
a hawthorn and bramble hedge twenty or more feet high covering a lane and a field;
chest high dock and nettle;
most of lowland Britain covered with vegetation and a new forest growing.
A post-apocalypse scenario descibed in minute detail.