We posted the picture below the day after the summer solstice. It’s a water color etching by William Blake called Ancient of Days. Ancient of Days is another name for God and here Blake has portrayed him as the architect of the universe. The phrase and what it calls to mind has inspired artists for generations. Blake may have had in mind these words from the Book of Daniel: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
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You may be aware that Eugene Mirabelli writes most of the posts here. The gold medal he won for literary fiction shouldn’t obscure the fact that he also writes science fiction and fantasy - a shameful pleasure.
The critically acclaimed Lightspeed is one of the leading science fiction and fantasy magazines in the United States. Gene's "Love in Another Language" appears in the February issue pictured above. And, no, the cigar smoking woman on the cover, admirable and maybe loveable in her way, is not a figure from his story.