Love and danger in a domed city on the Moon
Creation is a dramatic poem of eternal love and infinite space, where dreams collide painfully with reality, and yet reality is moulded by dreams.
Upon the living brink of crystal deeps
He leads the best talents of the industrial age in a project of millennial ambition: bringing to life the dream of Tranquility – the first city of life to arise from the barren dust of the lunar seas: –
I love you, city of another world!
But can this titanic city survive its encounter with an icy comet?–
A newsflash: and astronomers have spotted
Eugene, a humble technician in the lunar metropolis, has other things on his mind: –
Scheherazade, come and dance with me!
His friend Alec has no doubts about whether to stay, or get out while there’s still time: –
He’s made a tidy pile, and so – goodbye,
But is Alec too hasty to dismiss the noble cause of teaching the dismal dust to breathe, and planting a lunar Garden of Tranquility? Can the Designer yet save his city from catastrophe? And what has happened to the beautiful Scheherazade?
Years later, it seems as if all has been in vain: –
Where once cascading cliffs of strings and brass
But in the end, tragedy is defeated by the power of the human spirit–
Shine on, you fertile midwife to the cosmos,
Creation offers a poetic philosophy for the coming Millennium: a vision of hubris, nemesis and anastasis (re-birth) as stages in the eternal creative cycle in which mankind finds its destiny in the universe. I believe this is appropriate for a new century in which stunning new insights into our place in the universe continue to share the limelight with the wars and natural disasters which make life a misery for millions of our fellow-human beings.
Students of Russian will immediately recognise its inspiration in Pushkin’s great work Mednyj Vsadnik (The Bronze Horseman), which tells the tale of the disastrous flood of St Petersburg in 1824.
In January 2000, the author gave a public reading of this work at the Old Fire Station theatre in Oxford, U.K.
Creation is now available in booklet form, price £4.00, ISBN 0-9536158-0-4. In case of difficulty finding it, please e-mail the author on sa (at) astronist.demon.co.uk