same man, different universe?
I was walking home from work a few minutes ago and (maybe because the half-moon looked so white-hot – like a saw blade screaming into the sky) I started thinking about Stephen R. Donaldson’s Covenant series which immediately reminded me of his more recent The Gap sci-fi series. And I realized that I see a lot of similarities between Thomas Covenant and Angus Thermopyle.
[li]They are both bitter, defensive men who take any kindness or generosity shown towards them as a personal affront. In both men this is driven by disease: T.C. suffers from leprosy; A.T. from what might be called leprosy of the soul (it’s fiction, folks – so they can have souls, ok?), caused by brutalization as a child.[/li]
[li]Both have access to enormous power: T.C.'s white gold ring is echoed by A.T.'s ability to edit data cubes, and, later, his transformation into a deadly cyborg by Warden Dios.[/li]
[li]Both are shaken to the core by the responsiblity implicit in their power, afraid of their own desires and ability to inflict harm.[/li]
[li]Both are are racked with guilt: T.C. because of the rape he committed when he entered a world he refuses to believe in, but is afraid is real; A.T. because of the controlling device (I forget its name) he implanted in Morn Hyland (which was simply a more complete form of rape).[/li]
[li]They are both paralysed and driven by fear; they consistently refuse to act until events threaten to engulf them.[/li]
I could go on a while longer, but I won’t. I’m just wondering if any of you have read both series. And if you have, whether you made the same connections. Or made different ones, for that matter.
I’d also like to know which of the two series you like best – it’s The Gap for me; I think that Angus is Covenant, and this series was a retelling of the first Chronicles from multiple POV’s by a more mature writer.