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The Eternal World

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Title:The Eternal World
Smith, Clark Ashton   
(4 of 13 for author by title)
Flight into Super-Time
The Disinterment of Venus
Published:   1932
Publisher:Wonder Stories
Tags:fiction, science fiction, short story

In this story Mr. Smith reaches a new peak of achievement for his painting of the mysteries and strange possibilities of scientific events. We do not remember reading anything that approaches the vivid imagination of this story, or its bizarre series of adventures met by an explorer into the unknown.

We can only realize how puny is the human race, how infinitesimal our control over science, when we follow Mr. Smith’s picturing of the “timeless” race. And the revolt of the timeless ones, with the catastrophe that follows it, is a masterpiece of thrilling and breath-taking description.

In the infinity of possible worlds, it is quite within reason that some such states of existence that Mr. Smith describes should really exist. And within the lifetime of the human race, if all goes well, we should one day come to know and experience them. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Smith, Clark Ashton

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Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora May French, and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn".

Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, along with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft", where some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. It has been said of him that "nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse." He was a member of the Lovecraft circle, and Smith's literary friendship with Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked chiefly by an extraordinarily wide and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humor.

Of his writing style, Smith stated that: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."--Wikipedia.

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