Saturday, 11 March 2017

Fairy Lands Forlorn

Charmed magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas in fairy lands forlorn.
-copied from here.

I want to see:

a moving picture of the view through such a magic casement;

a narrative written with the skills of a Poul Anderson about a voyage across perilous seas in fairy lands forlorn.

A "magic" casement might be located in our world but show a view in another world. The narrative would have to retain a sense of magic, peril and the "forlorn" until the last page. "...fairy lands..." suggests not just one Fairyland but a world with several countries and sea voyages between them.

In CS Lewis' The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, the children go not through a casement but into a picture.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

This blog piece of yours caused me to exhume from my moldering heaps of SF books my copy of WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?, edited by Isaac Asimov (Doubleday, 1971). Because it contains a story by Robert Heinlein called "--And He Built A Crooked House--" (1941). The story is about how a house was built and somehow became a four dimensional tesseract where at different windows you can see different worlds or universes. Btw, a four dimensional tesseract is, according to Asimov, impossible in our three dimensional world.

And this also reminded me of Sir Arthur Clark's famous Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." What might be discovered in the future that would look like magic to us? Maybe even a four dimensional tesseract in a three dimensional world?


Paul Shackley said...

The tesseract was unfolded into 3 dimensions but an earthquake jolted it into 4D. A cube unfolded into 2 dimensions would be 6 squares in the shape of a cross.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Correct! And I've wondered if it might be possible to travel to other universes by means of a four dimensional tesseract built in a three dimensional world. Assuming that is even possible, of course!

I'm glad you too have read Heinlein's "--And He Built A Crooked House--". Much better than his awful later works!