Monday, 23 June 2014

Unan Besar II

Kompong Timur, capital city of the planet Unan Besar, is:

two thousand kilometers south of the nearly extinct volcano, Gunung Utara, where a mining town occupies natural tunnels and artificial caves linked by mountain-side ledges and trails, volcanic heat is used for energy and lava is channeled away from the inhabited areas;

one thousand kilometers south west of Ranau, where each two hundred meter high Tree is inhabited by a single clan using parasitic grasses to build dwellings, storehouses etc on the road-like branches and harvesting smaller plants that grow on the big one.

Thus, Poul Anderson imagines three distinct human societies on a single colonized planet.

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