Wednesday, 28 June 2017
(i) "Where the Shrine had been, the road, the onsars, her companions: snow filled the vale, nearly as high as she was. A mist of crystals swallowed vision within fifty meters..."
-Poul Anderson, A Stone In Heaven, I, p. 11, IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012).
"'Avalanche. Wiped out Yewwl's whole family...and, oh, God, the Shrine, the heart of her clan's history - like wiping out Jerusalem -'" (p. 13)
(ii) "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem!"
-Poul Anderson, After Doomsday (Frogmore, St Albans, Herts, 1975), Chapter Seven, p. 77.
I misquoted this passage here.
(iii) In James Blish's The Day After Judgement, Rome has been nuked in World War III, which was part of Armageddon, so the Cardinals meet in Venice to elect a demon Pope.
(iv) Pilgrims to Mecca after the Change find "...nothing left in the Holy City except dry gnawed bones."
-SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter Eighteen, p. 559.
a Ramnuan Shrine;
Jerusalem, and indeed Earth;
As HG Wells proved in The War Of The Worlds, sf authors sure know how to wreck places - but, if we imagine destruction, then maybe we can prevent it.