2017-07-05 22:48:31 UTC
I was reading Wen Spencer's Wolf Who Rules and suddenly flashed back to Ursula Leguin's "From Elfland To Poughkeepsie" where she trashes Katherine Kurtz specifically for having two fantasy aristocrats talk about their politics and have it sound not entirely unlike having two 20th century American politicians might sound.
And I read this passage between two elf magicians and wondered what Leguin would have thought about it:
"You're going to use the light to communicate?"
She smiled and leaned down to touch her forehead to his. "Exactly. By the composition of the buildings inside the Ghostlands, it's clear that Earth is one of the dimensions intersected by this Discontinuity. The blue shift of the area seems to indicate that certain wavelengths of light are being absorbed and only the blue is reflecting back to us."
"So the other wavelengths go on through to the other dimensions?"
Oh so romantic... To be sure one of the elves is from 21st century Pittsburgh and used to be mostly human, but I'm not sure the Leguin who gave that speech would have considered those elements an excuse. What did she think of the hard fantasy from her era the predecessors to the Tinker like Operation Chaos?