Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Closed System of Belief: The Minotaur ...

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill


One of my favourite novels illustrating the Closed System of Belief concept, is The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break. First published in 2000, this edition is by Canongate Books of the UK.

This novel is a speculative fiction story for adult readers, set in the present, even though it is marketed as mainstream literature.

In a Closed System of Belief, the fantastical elements are part of the scenery and are normal in the world of the story. There are no Points of Disbelief, as in an Open System, where characters must face the reality of the particular magic or unbelievable logic and either accept or reject it and where reasons have to be invented for both. I thank Scott Westerfeld for this explanation from his blog ... Read the rest of this post here 

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