Euphoric

2006-08-08

in Books and literature, Canada, Travel

In my mind, the return to Vancouver has already become a mythic journey – far more exciting than the prospect of going anywhere else could be. It’s a return to arche, in both senses with which that word is impregnated.

On a seperate note, I am coming to realize that Mortal Engines may be the most interesting thing I have read entirely by chance since Ender’s Game. The translator, Michael Kandel, has been added to the list of people I hope to meet. I assume the author of the stories is already dead.

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B August 8, 2006 at 9:48 pm

“In my mind, the return to Vancouver has already become a mythic journey – far more exciting than the prospect of going anywhere else could be.”

It sounds like you have been away far too long.

Anonymous August 8, 2006 at 9:55 pm

Arche, D^2, and the sick baby.

We remember.

Mark August 9, 2006 at 1:11 am

Lem is dead, but not very long. He had a reputation as being an unpleasant and arrogant man in many ways. He’s famous for snubbing other authors and rejecting honours because he considered science fiction beneath him.

Have never read any of his stuff, might have to give it a look.

Milan August 9, 2006 at 1:25 am

Mark,

Based on the stories and the introduction, the translator definitely seems the more pleasant fellow.

DBT August 9, 2006 at 1:33 am

Surely, you mean archē.

Yes, I have better obscure character sets than you.

R.K. August 8, 2006 at 10:10 pm

Stanisław Lem (September 12, 1921 – March 27, 2006)

Dead, but not for very long.

Milan August 10, 2006 at 5:16 pm

R.K.

Indeed, I was just reading about it on Bruce Schneier’s blog.

R.K. August 10, 2006 at 5:13 pm

I hope this foiled US/UK terror plot doesn’t cause you too much trouble going home.

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