The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets brings together two short books, originally published in 1903, by the antierotic godfather of German science fiction, Paul Scheerbart. The Stairway to the Sun contains four fairy tales of sun, sea, animals and storm, each set in a different, fantastical locale, from the giant palace of an astral star to a dwarf's underwaterThe Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets brings together two short books, originally published in 1903, by the antierotic godfather of German science fiction, Paul Scheerbart. The Stairway to the Sun contains four fairy tales of sun, sea, animals and storm, each set in a different, fantastical locale, from the giant palace of an astral star to a dwarf's underwater glass lair in the jellyfish kingdom. Scheerbart's sad, whimsical tales provide gentle though unexpected morals that outline his work as a whole: treat animals as one would treat oneself, mutual admiration will never lead to harm and if one is able to remember that the world is grand, one will never be sad.Dance of the Comets, though published as an -Astral Pantomime, - was originally conceived as a scenario for a ballet, which Richard Strauss had planned to score in 1900 (and which Mahler accepted for the Vienna Opera). Though the project was never realized, Scheerbart's written choreography of dance, gesture, costume, feather dusters, violet moon hair and a variety of stars and planets outlines a sequence of events in which everyone--enthusiastic maid, temperamental king, indifferent executioner, foolish poet--seeks, joins and, in some cases, becomes a celestial body: a staging of Scheerbart's lifelong yearning for a home in the universe.Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915) was a novelist, playwright, poet, critic, draftsman, visionary, proponent of glass architecture and would-be inventor of perpetual motion....
|Title||:||The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets: Four Fairy Tales of Home and One Astral Pantomime|
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The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets: Four Fairy Tales of Home and One Astral Pantomime Reviews
Another set of unearthed French science fiction, this is another mixed bag of sorts. I won’t say I hated this, but I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. As a series of short reads, they come across more as old bedtime stories than really solid, fully-formed thoughts, but that’s okay – there’s enough charm here to be worth an evening on the couch.
Fairytales from the perspective of a storyteller fascinated with the endless possibilities of the cosmos. Scheerbart applies the structure of a fable to stories of the universe, but without the clear finality of a summarizing moral, like he's playfully aiming at hinting at the wonder of scientific curiosity without applying its rationalizing logic. Good read, but sometimes I found it a bit bland. More than enough to have me ordering some of his other work, though.
Perfectly embodies the tone of classic turn of the century era fairy tales (The Little Prince/Wizard of Oz), where there is a mix of ancient folk and mechanized modern imagery, filled with earnest sentimentality, but also life and death consequences.However, I think all of these stories would have dramatically benefited from more time. They are furiously paced.
I've enjoyed Scheerbart's other works also published by Wakefield Press, but this was a disappointment. Both pieces here felt willfully twee and shallow.