Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14


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Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14

Unread postby Liz » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:54 am

ONBC: Many of our members have commented on your use of religious references. Can you comment on the religious symbolism in the story?

GD: In all honesty, symbolism as such doesn't interest me so much, and religious symbolism in particular – there's just too much of a heavy-handed tradition of it for me. Most of those references in Glass Books – the angel clock in the train station or the statue of the martyr in the square, for example – are more cultural references than strictly religious, that is, more about how cultures display that imagery and to what ends, and also to what degree people internalize those images and those ideas for themselves. Also, some of them are simply satirical with regard to Victorian art and iconography.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14

Unread postby Theresa » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:09 pm

Very interesting. And a bit surprising, especially with that hideous martyr statue in the square. It receives several mentions in the course of the story; I thought it might play a larger role than just a cultural reference.

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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:01 pm

All the code/control names were biblical references as well, weren't they? This answer surprised me just as the one about colors did.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14

Unread postby gemini » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:21 pm

I can see where a story based on a process which actually changes human beings from what they were born, to something else (glass), might have religious conotations like competiing with the creator. I do understand where he might want to write a strictly science fiction story without weighing in on religious values that might distract from the plot.
Then there is the suxual aspect used in the process which is used to seduce, good VS evil. It is difficult to not internalize these images as religious symmetry.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #14

Unread postby trygirl » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:23 pm

I must have internalized too much because I saw these references as more than just cultural or satirical.
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