Sci-Fi and Word Power

I'm not sure what sparked my love for science fiction; maybe it's where - in addition to mysticism - out of ordinary things can become manifest or be considered commonplace.

My first official 'read', was "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clark, a book that captivated my imagination with the glimpse of a vast world inside a cylinder floating in space (so symbolic! this could be a cell, a computer, a brain, a world...).

Reading the title primed my fascination with words, because 'rendezvous' wasn't pronounced the way it looked (much more effective than my Dad handing me the 'Reader's Digest' (hat tip) opened to the section, 'It Pays to Increase your Word Power').

I thought it was very cool to see the 'z' and 'v' juxtaposed, and a lot of letters that were seemingly there as a flourish. After all, the 'r' is normal, the 'e' is like an 'o', the 'n' and 'd' are normal, the next 'e' is like a long 'a', the 'v' is normal, 'ou' should be 'oo', and the 's' is silent.

Talk about a weirdness being commonplace! However, we all look at the word, see its french roots, and just read it or say it without further thought.

But, as a kid, it was a word that emanated 'from another world'...

While most of us embrace and take earthly languages for granted, it's nice to let them transport us into deeper understanding and an expanded awareness once in a while, just like science fiction.
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1) by Arthur C. Clarke
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Published on January 12, 2021 06:28 Tags: science-fiction, vocabulary
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