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Short Stories Roger Zelazny by Books LLC

Short Stories

Roger Zelazny by Books LLC

Published August 28th 2010
ISBN : 9781158507474
Paperback
18 pages
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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: A Rose for Ecclesiastes, for a Breath I Tarry, Permafrost, Auto-Da-Fe,MoreThis is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: A Rose for Ecclesiastes, for a Breath I Tarry, Permafrost, Auto-Da-Fe, King Solomons Ring. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: A Rose for Ecclesiastes is one of Roger Zelaznys early stories, first published in the November 1963 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with a special wraparound cover painting by Hannes Bok. It was nominated for the 1964 Hugo Award for Short Fiction. The story is narrated by a gifted human linguist and poet named Gallinger, who is part of a mission studying Mars. He becomes the first human to learn the high language of the intelligent Martians, and to be allowed to read their sacred texts. He comes to believe that Martian culture is essentially fatalistic, following an event in the distant past that left the long-lived Martians sterile. The Martian high priestess regards Gallinger highly, and over the course of months, his theological and poetical discussion elevate him to a status something like a prophet. Ultimately, he is seduced by a Martian temple dancer and impregnates her, the first such pregnancy on the planet in hundreds of years. The Martians appear not to take this well, as it contradicts their religions expectation of extinction. In anger at Martian religious fatalism and impassioned by his love for the dancer and his child-to-be, Gallinger breaks into the temple during a closed service and reads to the Martians from the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, which he finds thematically similar to their religious texts. He mocks it as he reads it, stating: he was right It is vanity it is pride It is the hubris of rationalism to always attack the prophet, the mystic, the god. It is our blasphemy which has made us great, and will sustain us, and which the gods sec...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=230188