- If the point of ASOIAF is to show that humans are so depraved as to deserve being crushed or reformed by the elementals (ice and fire), then the last book makes that point clearly…
- The folks who want to believe in Gaia (and that often means me) increasingly seem like the Left Behinders, assuming that they’ll be pulled into the World Tree or Ydrgassil or the Spirit of Ja or whatever. A purity test seems to be evolving (or has evolved), and while I’d love to believe that I pass it I’m not sure that anyone who lives on the planet could.
- GRRM’s ASOIAF feels increasingly sci-fi to me, especially if I think of sci-fi as inhabiting a planet that seeks to imagine alternative, holistic, balanced ways for technology to evolve (along the lines of Iain Bank’s Culture series).
- Is GRRM’s fascination with blood magic a comment on technology? I think particularly of the way that Daenerys births the dragons, in a never-before-tried ritual that she might well have not survived…
- Are the connections between technology and shame as clear as they appear to be? Technology has improved our lives but with dire consequences for the rest of the planet – I think that in some sense I feel shame about the state of the planet, and/or guilt. I guess guilt implies that I feel powerless, while feeling shame leaves me with a feeling that I can nothing about.