Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Synchronicity At Work

Late at night I switch from prose fiction to dvds or graphic fiction. After posting about Poul Anderson's The Boat Of A Million Years, I reread a volume of Hellblazer in which John Constantine meets the dead John Kennedy. I understand that the politician in Chapter XVIII of Boat is a satire of Kennedy. So that is coincidence or maybe synchronicity.

Fiction reflects reality. Reality includes public figures. Therefore, a politician can appear under a different name in a novel or as a ghost in a fantasy. The present Prince of Wales can become a King without a Parliament in an alternative history. There seem to be no limits to what authors can imagine and readers can accept in works of fiction. 

5 comments:

S.M. Stirling said...

The Kennedy in question in "Boat of a Million Years" is -Ted- Kennedy, though, not JFK.

Paul Shackley said...

Mr Stirling,
Thank you. I wasn't sure.
Paul.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Ha! Mr. Stirling beat me to it! Poul Anderson modeled the Senator Moriarty we see in the "1975" section of THE BOAT OF A MILLION YEARS on Senator Edward Kennedy, whom he STRONGLY disliked.

Sean

Paul Shackley said...

Sean,
Thanks. You had mentioned "Kennedy" earlier and I jumped to the wrong conclusion.
Paul.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I think you are correct. I do recall us discussing THE BOAT OF A MILLION YEARS, including comments about Senator Moriarty being based on Teddy Kennedy.

Sean