Impossible Is Just Perspective
7 September 2022

History is full of events that everyone just knew would NEVER happen. Achievements unlock other achievements – barriers remain in place for thousands of years (since forever) until the first person proves it can be done – and then the window shifts, and resistance crumbles. I was wandering around when one particular angle appeared – one that was just impossible. The sea as the horizon – the water up above. Of course it is just a trick of perspective – but it involved no trickery with the camera. Just point and shoot.
Flagship’s Four Rings (of the Ascendancy) have that perspective within. One earth – being a globe – the horizon vanishes behind a curve. Beyond the edge, the world falls down. You look out over a length of distance far enough and eventually the soil or sea plummets out of view.
But within the Rings, of course, spinning to keep things in place with centrifugal gravity – the curve goes up, not down. The human eye can see for about 30kms – after that, the world vanishes, but up, in the distance, beyond the wall of land or sea that stretches of away, up and up and up…
This photo – taken snapshot and casually – creates some of that effect. Seen from one end, the rocks are mountains and the sky is water. It’s merely a tilt taken down a slope.

And yet – even on a spinning ball with a horizon that curves down – impossible things happen all the time.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.