Sun shines in the center of the sky.
All things turn their faces toward the light.
All things in this life depend on direction. In our world, all is oriented toward the sun : The planets revolve around it, the seasons depend upon it, and our very concept of night and day is tied to the sun’s rising and setting. The sun is the dominant element in our lives.
In all other areas of our actions, we cannot avoid making arrangements that have a center or orientation. Our lives require composition, just as the solar system has a relationship and structure. Yet all structure and orientation is essentially arbitrary. We take the sun as the center of our world because of our vantage point. To someone standing in another galaxy, our sun is nothing more than another point in limitless space. There is no absolute standard by which to truly call something the center. Therefore, all arrangements and all compositions, all determinations of a dominant element are relative, subjective, and provisional.
There is no center except for that in our own consciousness. When we look at the sun and the arrangement of the planets, we must also include ourselves as observers. How else is there the determination of what is being seen? Consciousness is part of the phenomenon. We are the center, and there is no absolute measure.
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
I have to confess a love for fiction and this has been on my to-read list for a while. I also get a kick out of “what if” stories and this 1992 novel is a doozie !
Not really steampunk, but giving off a great steampunk-ish vibe, three quarters of the fun of Anno Dracula is picking out the literary references. You have characters from Conan-Doyle bumping into characters from Stoker running into characters from Wells who are friends with characters from Wilde who team up with real life people in Victorian London to solve the Jack the Ripper murders; all under the conceit that Van Helsing didn’t succeed at the end of the Dracula story and now vampires co-mingle with humans and are slowly taking over …..
a really fun read –
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