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    Lovecraft liked to posture as a 18th Century aristocratic gentleman of letters. At the same time he was a Science enthusiast, an atheist and a materialist. The great theme of his Cthulhu stories is the collision between the complacent assumptions of the 19th century cosmology and the vistas opened up by Einstein's innovations in Physics.

    The reduction of mankind from the center of creation to an infinitesimal mote in a vast, impersonal universe has suggestive parallels to his personal decline from wealth and social prominence as the scion of an "Old Money" Providence family, into poverty and relative obscurity.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:44:46 PM PDT

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