Poetry in the science fiction genre is almost uniformly putrid—as if Ogden Nash became an engineer but still wanted to keep up with the muse. And, truth be told, much of the poetry dealing with speculative science from the "literary" side of the tracks though with notable exceptions such as A. Ammons and Albert Goldbarth comes across as crib notes in the Physics for Liberal Arts classes the non-scientists took as undergrads. Henry Martinson accomplished what many would think impossible—a literate yet accessible epic science fiction poem that warrants close attention by those interested in either the outer reaches of SF writing or the inner reaches of poetry. In no sense is Martinson merely interested in dressing up the "sense of wonder" that has been a perennial hallmark of traditional SF. On the other hand, this is without a doubt a poem with a capital P, not a short story with line breaks.
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By Dinara Tengri. On March 6, In aniara , book review , Classic SF , poetry. The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War — right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb. A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space. It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant-garde opera.
This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award. Aniara is a poem about a spaceship that is bound to Mars but that gets set off course, and proceeds to drift aimlessly through space. The first thing I can say about Aniara is that it was very difficult to get through.
Not the poetry itself, but because there is so much in-world jargon, it almost becomes its own language, and I had a difficult time trying to decode it. And this poem does feel like an ancient epos set in the future. I guess that is the point. Finally, the thing I do like about Aniara is the sense of loneliness and utter despair that Martinson conveys in his poetry. You can feel the desperation of these people as they turn to sex, violence, and religion in an attempt to fill the void, and to give their lives some meaning.
Aniara is one of those pieces that you need to read several times to fully grasp its meaning, its hidden symbolism, and to truly appreciate its poetry. Will I be picking it up again?
Science fiction when the future is now
By Dinara Tengri. On March 6, In aniara , book review , Classic SF , poetry. The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War — right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb.
Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem
Harry Martinson began to write Aniara in following Soviet Union's nuclear weapon tests and inspired by a view of the Andromeda Galaxy he had seen. Aniara was adapted into a Swedish feature film in According to Aadu Ott and Lars Broman at the International Planetarium Society, Aniara is an effort to "[mediate] between science and poetry, between the wish to understand and the difficulty to comprehend". The poem consists of cantos and relates the tragedy of a large passenger spacecraft  originally bound for Mars with a cargo of colonists from the ravaged Earth. After an accident, the ship is ejected from the Solar System and into an existential struggle. The style is symbolic, sweeping and innovative for its time, with creative use of neologisms to suggest the science fictional setting:. We listen daily to the sonic coins provided every one of us and played through the Finger-singer worn on the left hand.
The Trip of Aniara
I experienced a nice coincidence a few weeks ago. I then settled back to listen to Janssen and the Vienna Volksoper and to glance at the front page of The Times. Imagine my amusement when discovering, just at that moment, that the Swedish Academy concurred in my selection: The Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded jointly to Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson. I'm willing to leave to scholars of contemporary literature the wrangling over whether either of these gentlemen deserves the prize. The narrator tells a story of a disastrous voyage by emigrants from earth to Mars at some remote point in time.
ANIARA: An Epic Science Fiction Poem
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