Monday, July 20, 2009

Cracked through time/space, godless and dry

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, of course.

I've been reading Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower. The book opens in 2024, but today, July 20th, 2009, is supposedly the day that the protagonist of the novel, Lauren Olamina, is born.

And since Lauren's father is exactly forty years older than she is, that means he was born on the day of the first moon landing.

This surely isn't a coincidence. The character Lauren starts a religion which looks forward to the human colonization of space as a kind of future heaven. But the birthdate significance isn't explicitly spelled out in the book.

I thought it was an interesting little discovery.


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