Friday, May 23, 2014
Finished Past Master Not-a-Review
It's not too difficult to see Lafferty here wrestling with the end of the Modern world. One needn't be conspiratorial to see hints of the Astrobean Dream manifest in so much contemporary rhetoric. Lafferty cheerfully exposes the nihilist root of transcendent quests to be more human than human. Lafferty dances and spins stories in protest. The super-code-crackers can't crack them. I fumble through faulty misunderstandings and attempts at systematizing story as if it could be dismantled and applied as something outside of what it is. I fail. Blessed be this rum. Past Master is a simple (not simplistic) philosophical/theological argument for living (and dying) eschatologically, Beyond oneself. Its central thesis, I suspect, is the basic notion that often it is quite right to lose one's head. Quite properly, it is a smash-bang honest-to-goodness adventure story. Starring Thomas More and a gang of misfit followers. Chased by killer robots. I love it. In the mornings I sometimes believe a little.