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    The Chrysalids/Crown of Creation

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    The Chrysalids/Crown of Creation

    Post by Dharmazoid on Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:32 am

    The Chrysalids has some interesting interesting parallels to some of GK's writings. At least the part about the inhabitants of a futuristic Canada (Amish?).

    I came across the term Crown of Creation in a book I was skimming through the other night. Decided to look for the Jefferson Airplane song with that name on you tube. I was reading comments that the lyrics are based on a book called The Chrysalids a science fiction novel by John Wyndham, first published in 1955 .

    Plot summary

    A few thousand years in the future post-apocalypse rural Labrador has become a warmer and more hospitable place than it is at present. The inhabitants of Labrador have vague historical recollections of "The Old People", a technologically advanced civilization which existed long ago and which they believe was destroyed when God sent "Tribulation" to the world to punish their forebears' sins. The society that has survived in Labrador is loosely reminiscent of the American frontier of about the 18th century. The inhabitants practice a form of fundamentalist Christianity with post-apocalyptic prohibitions. They believe that in order to follow God's word and prevent another Tribulation, they need to preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals. Genetic invariance has been elevated to the highest religious principle, and humans with even minor mutations are considered "Blasphemies" and the handiwork of the Devil. Individuals not conforming to a strict physical norm are either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a forbidden area still rife with animal and plant mutations. Arguments occur over the keeping of a tailless cat or the possession of oversize horses. These are deemed by the government to be legitimate breeds either pre-existing or achieved through conventional breeding. The government's position is considered both cynical and heretical by the orthodox frontier community.

    Allusions/references to actual geography

    The inland village of Waknuk (Wabush) is revealed to be in southwestern Labrador. Labrador has become a much warmer place in the fictional future, with large tracts of arable land. Rigo (Rigolet) is the capital of Labrador, a fairly large river town near the east coast. The port of Lark (Lark Harbor) is mentioned as a way-point on the west coast of the island of Newf (Newfoundland) where sailors may obtain provisions.

    A large island to the north-east (Greenland) is rumored to be inhabited by an amazonian culture with bizarre habits. Northern islands are described as being cold and inhabited chiefly by birds and sea animals. Uncle Axel, a former sailor, has traveled far to the south of Labrador, and from a distance seen the "Black Coasts", where there are areas with what look like ruins of the old civilization.

    Later, the existence of geographic areas far less affected by the nuclear exchange and fallout is established, particularly Sealand (New Zealand). Sealand is home to a socially and technologically advanced society where telepathy is the norm and is encouraged and developed as a survival advantage.

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