|From:||Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 16, 2002, 20:28|
At 2:26 PM -0500 12/16/02, John Cowan wrote:
>Tim May scripsit:
>> So that's what it means. Aldiss uses it repeatedly in his
>> _Helliconia_ trilogy (along with the mysterious "eotemporal", which
>> I've mentioned here before) but his definition is less helpful -
>> something like "the process by which things are converted into their
>That sounds about right.
>As for "eotemporal", context would help, but it sounds to me like a
>portmanteau word for "in eo tempore", which would mean "in this time"
>as contrasted with "in illo tempore", which means "in that time, in
>mythological time, in the dream time". So something is eotemporal if
>it is part of ordinary secular time.
As I recall, 'eotemporal' was used in _Helliconia_ to describe the non-temporal
mode of thinking of the phagors. They live, as it were, in an eternal present
and are incapable of distinguishing What Has Happened from What Is Happening.
Dirk Elzinga Dirk_Elzinga@byu.edu
"It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of
fact." - Stephen Anderson