Monday, 3 July 2017
Time And The Hereafter
In Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, the baby Valeria Matuchek has been kidnapped to Hell. It takes time for Valeria's parents to organize a rescue team. However, the team is able to arrive in Hell just before Valeria so that she is rescued after only a few moments in the infernal realm where space and time are chaotic in any case.
In SM Stirling's Emberverse, one character arriving in the Summerlands and another visiting Heaven are greeted by people whom they know to be still alive on Earth.
"'The great Governors seem to have no time sense as we understand the term...'"
-James Blish, Black Easter (New York, 1977), III, p. 42.
"'Only One has descended into Hell.'
"'And will he ever do so again?'
"'It was not once long ago that He did it. Time does not work that way once ye have left the Earth. All moments that have been or shall be were, or are, present in the moment of His descending.'"
-CS Lewis, The Great Divorce (London, 1982), p. 114.