Thursday, 20 July 2017

Close To The Black Hole

Humanity, individually and collectively, should stop dancing on the edge of a precipice! At least, I think that that is a very powerful and appropriate metaphor. Here is another, possible only since the twentieth century:

"'You'll certainly get a stiff reprimand at the very least, as close to the black hole as you've orbited.'"
-Poul Anderson, "The Sorrow Of Odin The Goth" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2006), 2319, p. 377.

A black hole is an ultimate precipice.

The conclusion of this chapter reflects on the life of a Time Patrolman. The doctor wants to help Carl past his guilt and grief because:

"'You are a field agent of the Time Patrol; this is not the last mourning you will ever have reason to do.'" (p. 378)

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