Signs and wonders are a staple of Fantasy fiction (and to a lesser extent, science fiction too), so with tomorrow's (Monday 21 August 2017) Solar Eclipse in mind - what are some of the best or coolest ways in which augury has been used in fiction or - if you like - how it could be used?
George RR Martin makes very good use of the Red Comet in his Game of Thrones series (the books I mean) as it is shown to reveal different things to different characters - the idea of multiple predictions, I thought, worked well to ramp up the tension because if course it's impossible to tell which prediction (if any) was likely to be the one to prove true.
So let us know your thoughts below - oh, and if you happen to experience the eclipse yourself - do be sure to let us know if you enjoyed it or not.
Can't say that I can remember any good (or bad) examples in the fiction I've read - not come across the Red Comet yet, but I'm still only at the beginning of Martin's saga. I do dislike overuse of prophesies, 'the chosen one' and near-continuous coincidence. As long as a writer can justify such occurrences within a narrative, I go along with it, but not if the entire story pivots about innumerable examples of any of the above.
I like them in satire, especially mine.
One example is Paul Atreides's rise to power in Dune. "He shall know your ways as if born to them". This prediction allows Paul to take on the messiah role on the Spice planet.
Dune! Yes, that's a great one!
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