An ancient Greek Philosopher by the name of Plato (b. 428 BCE) once used the word ‘Aeon’ to denote the eternal world of ideas he conceived as existing “behind” the perceived world. That whole cave allegory bit? All about about the ‘aeon’.
A couple hundred years later, Christianity started using the same Ancient Greek word in the phrase ‘eternal life’ – translated as the ‘Kingdom of God’, or ‘Heaven’, and western civilization has carried the idea ever since. (Not that I’ll be discussing religion on this website – sorry not sorry trolls.) So ‘aeon’ isn’t an uncommon or merely an ancient idea. Plato was just a couple thousand years (and counting) ahead of his time. But here’s one advancement: instead of being dragged up through the entrance of the cave like poor Plato, imagine trying to look for the door.
You’ve heard the phrase ‘unfinished novel’; I’ve been working on Book I of the SeaWild Annals, The Door to the Sea, for more years than will seem probable. About two thirds finished (70,000ish words) it is, for lack of a better word, stuck -- though I know I could coherently have finished the story long ago if I weren’t paying so much attention to completing the underlying philosophical themes. But that’s where this thought I once had comes in: Any sufficiently advanced fantasy might be indistinguishable from philosophy. Which is why I'm writing the magnum opus The Door to the Sea rather than writing something else.
Oh wait. I am writing something else -- precisely because the magnum opus is very... magnum-opus-y. I had this hope I might actually finish something one day so I started writing Mekors of War / Findler of Peace. Originally a conceived as a short concept work designed specifically for internet consumption, this too was foundering right about the half way mark. But with Mekors/Findler I've decided to adjust: the format isn't as important as the meditation on the sustainability of violence. And eventually I'm really going to finish something longer than a poem. Really.
But there’s a label for my longer format writing, ‘Metaphysical Fantasy’, which helps understand why ‘I tend to bite off more Metaphysical than I my writing can Fantasy’. Yes, Metaphysical Science Fiction might be more appropriate in some cases but hey, it’s not my phrase. Pick a search engine, copy, paste, and discover. Or ignore the label, it’s not used often enough for anyone to know what you’re talking about --the purpose of life and the meaning of it all-- and besides it sounds kind of pretentious.
But this intersection between speculative fiction (which actually does means something) and philosophy (you know, thinking about the truth of things) is what my website mostly seems to be about.
Yeah I thought of ‘Metaphysical Speculative Fiction’ too, but trust me it sounds even worse.