First thoughts on David Drake’s books

Drake says he’s using Sumerian mythology to build his story.   Smart move on his part.  There are very few Sumerian-oriented fantasy novels, so Drake is guarranteed to produce something original from this angle.  More on that below.
Granted, Drake’s thesis is rather cliche: farm boy with a mysterious past goes on a journey and finds out he is secretly the king. Meanwhile, the world is about to suffer cataclysm or some evil wizard, etc.   I suppose that’s inevitable.  One simply can’t get around that.
While I don’t know much about science and physics, I know a lot about philosophy and the philosophy of science (e.g., interpreting scientific trends from an a priori base).  And I do have a passing interest in physics.  At times in the book the characters, be they sprites or wizards, mention about living on “another plane” (earlier in the prologue we see–yeah, this is a spoiler but it is only 10 pages into the book, so you can deal with it–one character bend space and time and send another character into the future, but not exactly).  Well, given the Philadelphia Bell experiment, along with the idea of aether theories and tortion physics, this is not exactly far-fetched.

I understand the talk of “other planes” can bother some Christians.  Fair enough.  It does sound a bit like New Age nonsense, and in Drake’s case it may very well be just that.  However, Christians do believe in other dimensions (not just “heaven”).  The Nicene Creed, while putting a lid on much neo-Platonic speculation, does say that God is the creator of all things visible and invisible.  Early Christians–well, even well into the late Middle Ages–did not simply believe that God exists and other beings don’t.  It was not uncommon–if not at times entirely Orthodox from a confessional standpoint–do believe in other beings–call them spirits, angels, whatever–living in other dimensions.  Or to see different folds within dimensions (the Calvinist scholar Herman Dooyeweerd actually has some interesting thoughts on this.  He calls it “enkapsis”).

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