Friday, 16 September 2016
Babylon And Ardaig
In ancient Babylon:
winding palace passages are hung with bright rugs;
walls have scenes of palm trees, griffins and other fabulous beasts and winged hawk-headed men;
dyed mats cover the terra-cotta floor;
we are told that this should look gaudy but doesn't and instead "...lightened the massiveness of the adobe architecture."
-SM Stirling, Against The Tide Of Years (New York, 1999), Chapter Twelve, p. 191.
In Ardaig on the extrasolar planet of Merseia:
"The proportions of long, flagged floor, high walls, narrow windows arched at both top and bottom, sawtoothed vaulting overhead, were wrong by every Terran canon and nonetheless had a rightness of their own."
-Poul Anderson, Young Flandry (New York, 2010), p. 141.