[DWJ] question about Power of Three

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Sun Mar 31 06:54:44 EDT 2013

Heh, well, thanks for the suggestion :)


On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 5:58 AM, Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk> wrote:

> I always assumed that it came from the Scandinavian versions of Elves and
>>> hidden folk. From memory, doesn't the human man find them at the
>>> crossroads
>>> on midsummer evening?  And then give them help with an Impossible Task? I
>>> need to reread Power of Three, I always loved it. I loved that aha moment
>>> when you realised that our heroes were not *humans* in some other fantasy
>>> world, but hidden folk in our world...
>> Actually, I was wondering about this lately myself - are there other books
>> out there which have the same twist, where what seem to be secondary world
>> humans actually turn out to be "real" world non-humans?  The trouble is,
>> getting any answers to the question would spoil the books, and, as Gin
>> says, it's such a nice moment that I wouldn't really want to have it
>> spoiled!
> In which case it's just as well I can't remember the title.  I have in
> mind a short story, probably by Asimov, in which there is the inevitable
> first contact between humans and ETs.  We are kept in the dark right up to
> the last page as to which is which.  Of course, first time readers will
> think that the protagonist's species is human, but in fact they are the
> ETs...
> In fact I think I've read other first contact stories that attempt to do a
> similar thing, but none so successfully.
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Hulduf%C3%B3lk<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulduf%C3%B3lk>
> Now that is weird!
> Philip.
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