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  •  Must have felt like the ending of Doris Lessing's (1+ / 0-)
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    … novel The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, when everything dies — excepting the "essential selves" of all those who once lived.

    A prosperous and contented little planet that has evolved under the skilled guidance of Canopus learns that an unexpected cosmic mishap will cause it slowly to fail and freeze. The populations who have known only benign and sunny times must learn to live with the development of cold and snow and ice and tundra where recently there was life and pleasantness. But this is not a sad story because the people of Planet 8 become strong and resourceful and they forge from themselves a Representative who is both one and many, who is able to rescue, with the aid of Canopus, from the doomed planet, which will shortly become a lifeless icy pebble, what can and must be rescued, their essential selves. This tale, a metaphor for much else, is also a novelist's contribution to the questions asked so plentifully and restlessly at this time by scientists in that newly discovered area where the new physics meets traditional mysticism.
    http://www.dorislessing.org/...

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 03:27:28 AM PDT

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