|Plot Summary of Cosmicomics|
|"To call this a collection of short stories would be to limit and to dignify it unfairly. _Cosmicomics_ is a series of parables ... or scenarios ... and sometimes full-fledged stories which all take as their jumping-off point a simple scientific fact, stated up front, such as the moon is responsible for tides, all matter in the universe once occupied a single point, fish eventually crawled onto land, and dinosaurs ruled the earth for a long time. A character -- or conscious entity -- named "Qfwfq" narrates most of these stories (he was THERE!), relating what it was like to be in the point, to be a particle of light, to be a dinosaur, to leave the oceans forever. The stories are playful, startling, and mind teasing. Someone once called them science fiction fairy tales, which is a decent description. The delightful feat of a fertile imagination."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"Qfwfq is the age old entity that narrates the stories in this book. Each story starts with a statement about the universe, life, quantum mechanics or astronomy and then Calvino constructs a story around the statement. The stories range in breadth from what it was like when all the matter in the universe was contained in one point, discussions about how the more distant galaxies are the swifter they move away from one another, a description of the dinosaurs becoming extinct, and more. The stories Qfwfq narrates are playful and imaginative."
John Marcel, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cosmicomics|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- distant past/middle ages
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- long lived adults
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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