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Re: Enantodromia

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 >> opposites". > >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 -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson


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