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Science fiction, fantasy , historical fiction, thriller Notable works Pavane Keith John Kingston Roberts 20 September — 5 October , was an English science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny and "Escapism. His second novel, Pavane , which is a collection of linked stories, may be his most famous work: an alternate history novel in which the Roman Catholic Church takes control of England following the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse. He also edited the last few issues of Impulse although the nominal editor was Harry Harrison.

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Just hours earlier, she pulled the cord on a cannon to start a battle with the Catholic Church, the international institution that dominates this latter half of the 20th century as it has dominated Europe for many hundreds of years. All hell is about to break loose upon her head and the heads of her people. As if I, and you too, all of us, were just tiny puppets on the grass. Or on a stage. Something stately and pointless with all its steps set out.

It could have happened. Because of her death, the Spanish Armada comes that summer and triumphs. Because the Armada triumphs, the Catholic Church is able to fight off the Protestant uprising throughout all of Europe, and the Reformation never happens or, rather, is snipped in the bud. Because the Catholic Church regains its political dominance, it is able to stop much innovative thinking and much of what we, in our time, would call Progress. For instance, as one character contemplates: Cement manufacture was controlled rigidly by Rome, its price prohibitive.

The embargo was deliberate of course; the stuff was far too handy for the erection of quick strongpoints. Over the years there had been enough revolts in the country to teach caution even to the Popes.

Quibbles There is much that could be quibbled with in this scenario. It ignores the role that weather, unconnected from anything Elizabeth did or might not have done, played in the destruction of the Armada. It ignores the restiveness of the secular princes and kings throughout Europe who, reverently or cynically, embraced the Protestant reformers when they challenged Rome. The Reformation happened, it can be argued, because religious ferment came to a boil at the same moment when worldly rulers wanted to get more control of their worlds.

Also, as the Renaissance blossomed in actual history , its scientists and thinkers were plumbing the discoveries of Islamic scholars and Chinese inventors and a vast amount of European learning that had been lost in the Dark Ages. The Americas, which appear on the edges of this book as Newworld, were another potential hotbed of technological exploration, political experimentation and flat-out independent thinking.

The two continents were so vast that, it seems, it would have been easy enough to get beyond the not-so-long arm of the law. Essentially, Roberts presents an England and a Europe where, after four centuries, things have just about reached their breaking point. Indeed, a radicalized monk named Brother John leads a failed grass-roots rebellion, and, at one point, he addresses a large crowd: [H]e told them of the mighty Change that would come, sweeping away blackness and misery and pain, leading them at last to the Golden Age.

He saw clearly, rising about him on the hills, the buildings of that new time, the factories and hospitals, power stations and laboratories. He saw the machines flying above the land, skimming like bubbles the surface of the sea.

He saw wonders: lightning chained, the wild waves of the very air made to talk and sing. All this would come to pass, all this and more.

The age of tolerance, of reason, of humanity, of the dignity of the human soul. Pavane and Pratchett For me, Pavane — which covers a period from to perhaps the s — brought echoes of the marvelously inventive and humorous Discworld series of Terry Pratchett although it has a much different tone. And, even more, of the richly speculative, wonderfully written book of Walter M.

Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz. The first chapter in the Roberts book is about a steam-powered transport shipper, and a later chapter has to do with the semaphore system set up by the Signallers. Each of these technologies is invented in the long course of the Discworld books. Also, Pratchett is lavish in layering his world with fantastic non-humans, such as trolls, wizards, golems, witches, dwarfs, gods and, yes, a monk who brings about a revolution, and he plays these for laughs and a quiet prick to the intelligence.

This is not to say he thieved anything. In contrast to the Roberts book, Miller envisions a post-nuclear world over the course of several centuries, focusing on three eras and on an isolated Catholic monastery that plays a key role in saving the learning of the pre-nuclear world as monks did in the Dark Ages.

Those monks, for all the learning they save and develop, are definitely on the sidelines as various warlords and then waring states shape the new world, but they do what they can to nudge the planet toward peace. These monks are the antithesis of the Catholic church in Pavane, an institution that lords it over the secular rulers and their people.

Even so, it is striking to me that both novels treat the Catholic church as something important and vital. And both embrace a level of openness to the unorthodox.

In Pavane, Roberts refuses to stay on the level of science and expands his story to include those Fairies and Old Gods. There also seems to be a recurring character in Pavane.

She was very shocked, and felt like death. In Leibowitz, in the final pages, when one character dies, another is able to live. Margaret does not have a long life. But her daughter sets into motion the Change. Each of our lives ripple into the future.

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Keith Roberts

Science fiction, fantasy , historical fiction, thriller Notable works Pavane Keith John Kingston Roberts 20 September — 5 October was an English science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny and "Escapism". His second novel, Pavane , which is a collection of linked stories, may be his most famous work: an alternate history novel in which the Roman Catholic Church takes control of England following the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse. He also edited the last few issues of Impulse although the nominal editor was Harry Harrison. Roberts described himself as a political conservative and an anti-communist.

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Book review: “Pavane” by Keith Roberts

Just hours earlier, she pulled the cord on a cannon to start a battle with the Catholic Church, the international institution that dominates this latter half of the 20th century as it has dominated Europe for many hundreds of years. All hell is about to break loose upon her head and the heads of her people. As if I, and you too, all of us, were just tiny puppets on the grass. Or on a stage. Something stately and pointless with all its steps set out. It could have happened.

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