Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Blog Overload

Rereading works by Poul Anderson;
reading a book by Alan Moore, a book about Alan Moore and a book by SM Stirling;
watching dvds;
socializing with those who mentally inhabit elaborate fictions;

I will get back to you when I have sorted out what I am doing next.

(Is that title Spanish?)

Thursday, 2 Feb: I have been getting involved with some fantastic sf ideas on a couple of other blogs.

Also, world news is fantastic right now. What would Poul Anderson have said? I don't know but something informed and intelligent.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

What did you mean by saying you are "Socializing with those who mentally inhabit elaborate fiction"? Do you mean people who who like role playing games?

Your allusion to Stirling's DIES THE FIRE reminded me of how one prominent character in that book is a fanatical Tolkien fan. And of how her obsession with THE LORD OF THE RINGS turns out to be BENEFICIAL.


David Birr said...

Paul and Sean:
The title looks like Spanish to me, too, but I'm not certain of it either.

The line about "mentally inhabit elaborate fictions" reminded me of something I heard several decades ago. I can't recall it precisely, but it was to the effect that some people like to build castles in the air (in the sense of daydreaming, not anti-gravity architecture), other people want not just to build such castles but move into them ... and then there are the ones who want to blow the castles up. I THINK the second and third types were labeled "neurotics" and "psychotics" respectively.

Paul Shackley said...

I do know gamers but I was referring yet again to the conspiracist and made a link back to that post.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Aha! Now I get it, you meant by "Socializing with those who mentally inhabit elaborates fictions" conspiracy theorists.

I think the title of the book is either Spanish or Italian.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, DAVID!

Castles were originally built for military purposes--and then advances in military technology made them obsolete. But when and if our civilization falls, I can imagine castles again coming back into practical use if we crash back to a pre-steam power, pre-gunpowder level of technology. Of course, if that happens most of us will DIE. That was the premise used by Stirling in his DIES THE FIRE series.

I'm reminded as well of Poul Anderson's "A Tragedy Of Errors," one of stories he wrote set after the Terran Empire fell. I think the planet Nike in that story had been forced back to a level of technology low enough that castles were again practical.