Icarusby Peter Gordon Williams
Paul, Jane and Robert first met as students at Cambridge. In this novel, human relationships, philosophy, religion and literature are examined within the framework of a science fiction story. Poetry and play scripts arise naturally from the characters involved - Robert is an astrophysicist who wrote poetry in his youth, Paul becomes a famous playwright.
Robert, exasperated at the futility of hurling megatons of ironmongery into space, works on a concept of detaching the mind from the body and sending it to explore the universe. His colleague, Julian, is an American neurosurgeon with a sinister past. Julian is fascinated with black holes. A black hole is formed when a star collapses and its density becomes so large that nothing, not even light, can escape from its tremendous gravitational field. Julian believes that a mind, due to its negligible mass, could pass through a black hole unscathed and enter another universe.
Icarus, an entity unifying the two cultures of science and the humanities, is born and sent on a momentous journey.
Icarus continued on his lonely odyssey across the wastes of interstellar space, with its clouds of hydrogen, helium and shimmering particles of dust, to discover a destiny more glorious than that promised by any religion.
"Enjoyed this immensely. A brilliant piece of literature which contains three One Act plays - all murders! - and 21 poems - all contained in a novel wherein human relationships, philosophy, religion and literature are examined within the framework of a science fiction story.
Is it possible to detach the mind from the body, and send it hurtling into space? - and even pass through a black hole and enter another universe? Well, when an astrophysicist, a playwright and a neurosurgeon get together - who knows?
This work is intellectually stimulating, on the move and never pauses for breath. You'll love it."
Isthmus Literary Magazine
- Legend Press Ltd
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)
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