The pastel city m john harrison
The Pastel City by M. John HarrisonThe first book in the Viriconium series: In the distant future, a medieval system rises from the ruins of a technology that destroyed itself. Armored knights ride their horses across dunes of rust, battling for the honor of the Queen. But the knights find more to menace them than mere swords and lances. A brave quest leads them face to face with the awesome power of a complex, lethal technology that has been erased from the face of the Earth--but lives on, underground.
John Harrison, like Joan Vinge or J. I have no memory of how, when, or where it came into my possession, but there it was. So I figured it was about time to investigate its unknown literary landscapes. Harrison came to my attention from a pair of essays he wrote on the creation of fantasy. It opens with this bold statement:. They were sermons. They were metaphors.
Eclectic and striving never to follow paths into ruts, the OF Blog focuses on essays, reviews, interviews, and other odds and ends that might be of interest to fans of both literary and speculative fiction. Now with a cute owl for your enjoyment. It's been years since I've properly re-read them, but you're pointing out so many of the things I loved about them, and then some! Not only did MJH's series win the vote last time, but after reading your comments on Westeros, thought I'd best re-read it before reading your book :D. Nice piece; I think this is some of the best writing I've seen from you, Larry. It's certainly rewarding to re read the first book with the knowledge of the later volumes, and what Harrison has said about the series as a whole. Taken in itself, The Pastel City is not something that you'd likely associate with secondary world fantasy -- in isolation it is just a Vance-like Dying Earth SF story.
It's funny, the first time I read these stories I fell madly in love with them. John Harrison. Skeletons of steel buildings poke through the shifting sands of desert wastelands while people ride on horseback and fight with sword and knife. The glory days of the Afternoon Culture years in the past, it is a new age in history that Harrison describes the transition of, mankind tested yet again to see if they will survive the hour. The Pastel City centers on tergeus-Cormis, a knight in retirement who spends his days in poetry and music, one hand straying unknowingly to the sword at his side ready to defend the honor of the Queen of the South.
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Viriconium is a series of novels and stories written by M. John Harrison between and , set in and around the fictional city of the same name. In the first novel in the series, the city of Viriconium exists in a future Earth littered with the technological detritus of millennia partly inspired by Jack Vance 's Dying Earth series, Mervyn Peake 's Gormenghast series  , and the poems of T. Tolkien and his host of successors. Both universal and in particular, the city has a shifting topography and history, and is sometimes known by names such as 'Uroconium' though there does not seem to be any association with the old Roman town of Viroconium. The first Viriconium novel, The Pastel City , presents a civilization in decline where medieval social patterns clash with advanced technology and superscience energy weapons that the citizens of the city know how to use but have forgotten how to engineer. Harrison's leading character, Lord tegeus-Cromis, fancies himself a better poet than swordsman; yet he leads the battle to save Viriconium, the Pastel City, from the brain-stealing automatons known as the geteit chemosit from Earth's past.