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ooli  ·  818 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

loved it. Nothing Sci-fi about it.

There is something fascinating about Arabian stories. I dont know if it's the exoticism of the name, the richness of the setting, or the scariness of the magic and the fear of Allah

I discovered (and loved) Michael Crichton with such a story :

eaters of the dead .

  A recounting of The Beowulf but made interesting... proving that adding Arabian flavor to anything make it fascinating.

My reading was only impacted by another similar story about a magician, and traveling through time :

The Wizard that was made to wait by Borges

  ( I had to post it myself on my old blog because I could only find a pdf version, of all Borges books online)

Wondering how the alchemist could let 20 year span go by for the gate to work, I expected a bad ending, as in the Borges story (itself inspired from the Arabian tales, but I dont know which, if someone knows, I'm curious to read the original)

zebra2  ·  818 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I just read it and kinda had the same thought: very tangentially sci-fi.

So when my bud introduced me to the material, we listened to a couple other short stories by the author on audio book. One had a very similar mechanism to what’s going on here, but went in a different direction with it. Both the shorts were more like plotless monologues than stories, so I found it kinda funny that this was literally a monologue.