Tuesday, 8 November 2016

"Avalon struck."

Poul Anderson, The People Of The Wind IN Anderson, The Technic Civilization Saga: Rise Of The Terran Empire (Baen Books, Riverdale, NY, 2011), pp. 437-662.

On the third line from the top of p. 535:

"Avalon struck. The boat reeled. Under an intolerable load of light, viewscreens blanked."

On the second last line of p. 537:

"The skies erupted in radiance."

A load of light; an eruption of radiance. This is the same event described from two points of view. Daniel Holm has launched the Avalonian defenses. See here. Because Ferune and his staff know what has happened, their pov is "Avalon struck" whereas, because the crew of a Terran Meteor are taken by surprise, their pov is "The skies erupted..."

Abdullah Helu from the colony planet of Huy Braseal exclaims:

"''Ullah akbar, Ullah akbar...'" (p. 538)

- and, slightly later:

"'Hand of Fatima...'" (p. 539)

As we have said before, if human beings travel into the galaxy, then they will take their religious beliefs with them.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I'm a bit puzzled how Muslims came to settle a planet with a name taken from Irish myths and legends. Unless we should understand Huy Braseal as being a world with many different faiths and peoples of different ethnic origins.


Paul Shackley said...

Prob the latter. Huy Braseal is one of those planets that we hear of only once and are told only the name.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I agree, we get only a name and a tantalizing hint, as regards Huy Braseal. Pity!