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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Wood Between The Worlds as primary setting

It occurs to me now that Frederick Pohl's Gateway station is the Neitherlands of sci-fi. If a corporation were to discover portals to other worlds but nothing about why and how such portals could exist, Gateway is the company village this corporation would establish in the Wood.

The reason Pohl's Heechee books don't work after Gateway is because the question of Gateway is the question of all existence. Lewis had an answer, whether or not we agree with his answer. Grossman doesn't have an answer, and doesn't attempt it. When Pohl wasn't trying to answer the Gateway's questions, he wrote a psychological study based on 1970s mores, successful as such. When Pohl expanded his ambition, he failed.

UPDATE 3/4/2018: Moved the Wood discussion to its own post.

posted by Zimri on 11:32 | link | 0 comments

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