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Melodies of the Heart

August 19th, 2010 by G.

The best fantasy is about what is lost and gone, but surprisingly some of the most moving science fiction is too.

I just re-read Michael Flynn’s story “Melodies of the Heart” in the collection The Forest of Time. It’s about, oh, a little girl who is growing old too fast and an old dying woman who is remembering melodies from deeper and deeper into the past. The 50s, the 20s, the Gay Nineties. It is a hard story to bear.

I seek no more the fine and gay,
For each does but remind me
How swift the hours did pass away
With the girl I left behind me.

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August 19th, 2010 21:20:24
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August 19, 2010

Hmm. Clarke’s Against the Fall of Night seems to fit that genre. There are hints of it in Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy as well, but as a science fiction writer, Asimov was a superb technician rather than a artist.

And, of course, “a long time ago” appears in the tag line of a certain pop sci fi epic.

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