miércoles, 29 de julio de 2015

Reseña: Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen Of Air And Darkness And Other StoriesQueen Of Air And Darkness And Other Stories
by
Poul Anderson

 Año 1a edicion: 1971.
144 páginas aprox.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hugo y Nebula Award for Best Novella (1972)


My rating is just for Queen of Air and Darkness.

We live with our archetypes, but can we live in them?




In a distant planet, very much like Earth and called Roland, a toddler disappear, the local police is not helping and a distressed mother hire a P.I. Meanwhile people whisper stories about the Old Folk...



Though Sherrinford resembles Sherlock - pipe et al. And has his own theories.
Besides he comes from planet Beowulf (not too subtle here)

Myth, old fairy tales ... or crafty aliens? The menace of assimilation or extermination in the encounter of old dwellers and the new ones.

Half of time I think one, and later, other. But the end was some kind of predictable  spoiler---> I shudder along with Sherrinford when she talks about a 'reservation' <---fin spoiler
 

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Cuando escuchaba hablar de la Reina, mágica, espléndida y reverenciada, pensaba invariablemente en Bradbury (Crónicas) y todos esos seres desolados y perdidos en medio de un destino lejano. Es siempre intrigante la idea de que nuestros tradiciones, ese yo colectivo, continuen siendo parte de nosotros aun cuando nos encontremos al otro lado de la galaxia. /spoiler---->Resulta fascinante que los aliens extraigan precisamente esas ideas (que indican que los primeros colonos fueron de antecedentes celtas), para utilizar precisamente esas imágenes para manipularnos.<----spoiler/
Se me hace que la magia resulta necesaria en medio de la soledad y el aislamiento, del desplazamiento de nuestras mismas raices.

"Homo can truly be called Sapiens when he practices his specialty of being unspecialized. His repeated attempts to freeze himself into an all-answering pattern or culture or ideology or whatever he has named it, have repeatedly brought ruin.

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