Pantheistic solipsism

Pantheistic solipsism

Pantheistic solipsism is a technical term (properly "Pantheistic multiple-ego solipsism") that has been advanced for the World as Myth idea proposed by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein in several of his books and stories, although the concept has little in common with either pantheism (the universe is God) or solipsism (nothing exists but my mind). Heinlein coined the phrase for the last chapter of "The Number of the Beast" as part of the name of a convention attended by numerous characters from different fictional universes.

The World as Myth involves the idea that a powerful author, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac Asimov, or Heinlein himself, creates a parallel universe simply by writing about it. It incorporates the portrayal of all myths and fictional universes existing as parallel universes to our own and that persons and beings from these various “worlds” interact with one another.

For instance, in his last novels, Heinlein’s characters actually travel to and interact with the Land of Oz. Even our own world is considered an alternate (coded as "One Small Step" for the first words spoken on the moon by Neil Armstrong).

Examples

Pantheistic Solipsism is the basis for the plot of the Woody Allen film "The Purple Rose of Cairo" in which a fictional character in a movie comes off the screen and into the "real world". The Arnold Schwarzenegger film "The Last Action Hero" later re-used this concept, in an action film rather than a tragicomic love story. In a similar example, the movie "Pleasantville" features a pair of teenagers who stumble into a reality based on a popular 1950's television show. Another example would be John Carpenter's "In the Mouth of Madness", which features a horror writer named Sutter Cane's works becoming reality. Neil Gaiman frequently uses pantheistic solipsism in his writing. Fact|date=March 2008

Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series eventually featured himself as a character, startled his writings and the worlds within had become real.Fact|date=September 2008

The World of Myth concept was used as a central theme in the book "" by Rand and Robyn Miller. The writers of D'ni long had the ability to forge "links" with other worlds by writing descriptions of them. These links were bridges between the writer's universe and the potential universe, having been brought into existence by being observed by the writer, as per quantum mechanics. However, the last of the writers, Gehn, believed that he was creating those universes through his writing, and thus thought he could control them by changing them subtly "after" forging a link. When his plans go awry, he attempts to "erase" some of his previous mistakes, and the world on the other side of the link was not only free of his mistakes, but none of the people living there had any knowledge of his existence, giving the impression that he had not erased his mistakes, but rather forged a link to an entirely different universe where the mistakes had never been made.Fact|date=September 2008

See also

*Many-worlds interpretation
*"The Man Who Traveled in Elephants"
*"The Neverending Story"
*"The Number of the Beast (novel)"
*Story within a story
*Crossover fiction
*Imaginationland
*Earth Prime
*""


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Solipsism — (Latin: solus , alone + ipse , self) is the philosophical idea that My mind is the only thing that I know exists. Solipsism is an epistemological or metaphysical position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external… …   Wikipedia

  • The Number of the Beast (novel) — infobox Book | name = The Number of the Beast title orig = translator = image caption = First paperback edition cover author = Robert A. Heinlein illustrator = cover artist = Richard M. Powers country = USA language = English series = genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • They (short story) — They is a short story written by American science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published in the April 1941 issue of Unknown , and can be found in Heinlein s short story collection, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag .… …   Wikipedia

  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset — infobox Book | name = To Sail Beyond the Sunset title orig = translator = image caption = author = Robert A. Heinlein illustrator = cover artist = Boris Vallejo country = United States language = English series = genre = Science fiction novel… …   Wikipedia

  • Lazarus Long — is a fictional character featured in a number of science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein. Born in 1912 in the third generation of a long life selective breeding experiment run by the Ira Howard Foundation, Lazarus (whose birth name is… …   Wikipedia

  • Kyle Broflovski — South Park character name=Kyle Broflovski gender=Male hair=red auburn age=9 [Trey Parker] job=Student religion=Jewish start= The Spirit of Christmas voice=Matt Stone|Kappei Yamaguchi (japanese)Kyle Broflovski (portrayed as Brovlofski on a sign at …   Wikipedia

  • Sophie's World — Infobox Book name = Sophie s World title orig = Sofies verden translator = image caption = author = Jostein Gaarder illustrator = cover artist = country = Norway language = Norwegian series = genre = Philosophical novel publisher = H. Aschehoug… …   Wikipedia

  • The Man Who Traveled in Elephants — is a short story written in 1948 by Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published as The Elephant Circuit in the October 1957 issue of Saturn Magazine. It later appeared in two Heinlein anthologies, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (also… …   Wikipedia

  • Jubal Harshaw — is a fictional character featured in Stranger in a Strange Land , a novel by Robert A. Heinlein. He is described as: Jubal E. Harshaw, LL.B., M.D., Sc.D., bon vivant, gourmet, sybarite, popular author extraordinary, neopessimist philosopher,… …   Wikipedia

  • Earth Prime — Infobox comics location imagesize= caption= publisher= DC Comics debut= Flash #179 (May, 1968) creators= dimension=y residents= races= locations= subcat=DC Comics altcat= sortkey=PAGENAME|Earth Prime (or Earth Prime) is a term sometimes used in… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”