The Flight of Dragons by Peter DickinsonI loved this book as a kid, and not just because it had naughty boobie pictures that had nothing to do with the text. Dickinson takes the position that Dragons actually existed, then goes from there to ask questions like: why are they not in the fossil record? how could a creature that is generally depicted as huge and armoured supposedly fly? whats the deal with the fire-breathing? why are they often depicted as speaking and/or telepathic creatures? how come the accepted method of killing them is by a dude with a magic sword? The answers he comes up with were pretty convincing, at least to young me, and do a lot to fire the imagination.
Scattered throughout the text where Dickinson expounds on his theories are excerpts from stories about dragons (both ancient and modern) that serve to back-up, or at least explicate, some of his theories. After covering the basic elements of Dragon physiology Dickinson goes on to posit the life-cycle of a dragon living according to his design and its a fascinating glimpse into the could-have-been life of a mythical creature. I especially liked the fact that even though Dickinson is ostensibly making dragons realistic they still dont lose their magic. No small feat. This isnt a dry-as-dust scientific treatise, but rather a what-if scenario that tries to bring our dreams to life.
Apparently they made an animated movie about this book, but I never saw it. I have no real desire to either...I like the text itself just fine, thanks. Its loads of fun, whether youre reading it cover to cover, or just leafing through and dipping in here and there.
Great reading. And boobies!
The Flight of Dragons
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The film centers upon a quest undertaken to stop an evil wizard who plans to rule the world by dark magic. A major theme within the story is the question of whether science and magic can co-exist. This is told mostly through the experience of character Peter Dickinson, drawn from the 20th century into the magical realm. In an age of medieval fantasy populated by fantastic creatures, the Green Wizard Carolinus, who presides over nature, notices that magic is fading from the world as humanity embraces logic and science instead. Summoning his three magical brothers, he proposes combining their powers to create a "last realm of magic" hidden from the rest of the world. However, the Red Wizard Ommadon, master of black magic and the forces of evil, resolves instead to infect mankind with fear and greed, causing humans to use their science to destroy themselves.
It is loosely adapted from Gordon R. Dickson 's fantasy novel The Dragon and the George. However, it replaces the main character with Peter Dickinson , the real life author who wrote The Flight of Dragons , an art book that proposes scientific reasons for the prior existence of dragons. Got all that? The film is a Heroic Fantasy in which a twentieth-century "man of science", named Peter Dickinson , travels to the world of magic to defeat Ommadon , an evil wizard who isn't happy that humans are choosing science over magic.