Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Terra And SHAPE?
What kind of post title is that? What are Terra and SHAPE?
"Terra" is the Latin word for "Earth" and is used as a name for Earth in some futuristic sf. For example, there is a Terran Empire in Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization. "Terran" is an adjective coined by sf writers as an alternative to "Terrestrial." Anderson's Imperials speak Anglic which is derived from English so they might retain the Latin root, "Terr-," but with different endings. The Esperanto for "earth" and "terrestrial" are "tero" and "tera," as I had anticipated:
"-o," the noun ending;
"-a," the adjectival ending.
"Terran Empire" entails a politically unified Earth. The Empire might have been merely planetary but we know, of course, that it is interstellar.
And I have arrived at my lunch break before explaining SHAPE.