Friday, 5 April 2013
In The Coal Sack Nebula
The cluster contains a hierarchy of increasingly complex artificial structures related to the moving patterns to be seen within one of the spherical energy beings called Angels. Jack Loftus expects the centre of the cluster to contain a living temple of gas, dust, energy and stars but the narrator warns us that Jack does not know because the Angels guard their secrets "...then as now..." (p. 88).
The Angels in the Coal Sack communicate instantaneously with others "...throughout the galaxy and throughout the universe..." (Mission To The Heart Stars, London, 1980, p. 127). Their discussion is "Like sparks in a column of smoke..." (p. 127).
This is perhaps the sublimest of the concepts in Blish's works.