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From: "Andy Robertson" 
Subject: Re: (urth) The proper quote to define Catholic Fabulation
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 18:35:39 -0000

This really is awfully good.

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From: "James Jordan" 
>          Perhaps an example of Russian Orthodox SF Fabulation can be
> considered. I recently rewatched Tarkovsky's SOLARIS ("SolYARis" in
> Russian), which has been released on DVD by Criterion. The accompanying
> discussions were interesting, but I think missed something important. In
> Russian Orthodoxy, the Spirit of God empowers nature (that's really true
> all Christian thought, but has been stressed in RO). The water and nature
> scenes in the film have to do with the Spirit. The watery planet Solaris
> also has to do with God and the Spirit. Tarkovsky could not do everything
> he wanted in the film, because Lem did not like the religious aspects, and
> Tarkovsky had to fool the censors. But on the space station near Solaris,
> near to the Spirit of God, men find themselves forced to confront their
> sins, and either repent or go mad. The Spirit is operating in this
> realm.


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