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地狱树林里的沉默幽灵
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作者 [美] 布兰登·桑德森
原名 Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (Shadows for Silence)
设定 三界宙 · 天挽
类型 长中篇
流派 奇幻
发行
情况
Tor
发行
日期
2013年12月3日
封面 Miranda Meeks
ISBN ISBN 978-0765332066

地狱树林里的沉默幽灵Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell布兰登·桑德森所著的长中篇小说,英文版约1.8万字,[1]收录于乔治·R·R·马丁加德纳·多佐伊斯合编的小说选集《危险的女人》中,该书最初由Tor出版社发行于2013年12月3日。[2][3]在2015年的漫展上,本作还和《Perfect State》合编成了一本独家精装本。[4]

内容简介

本作设定在三界宙中,发生在一个叫做天挽的次要世界,[5]主角是一位危险的女人。她与选集中其他的危险女人相得益彰,共同构建起选集的主题。[1]

剧情梗概

塞勒丝·芒汀地狱树林里一间客栈的老板娘,同时暗中也做堡垒的赏金猎人。她猎杀了切斯特顿·迪韦德和他的小团伙,不过作为领赏凭据的尸体却为瑞德·扬所夺。幕后黑手是塞勒丝的代理人塞欧保利斯,他雇来了瑞德,想把塞勒丝除掉。最后塞勒丝反把他们全部干掉,并成功地把塞欧保利斯弄成了自己的替罪羊。

角色一览

主角

塞勒丝·芒汀
:客栈的老板娘,有一个赏金猎人“白狐”的秘密身份
威廉·安·芒汀
:塞勒丝14岁的女儿
塞欧保利斯
:来自堡垒的收税员
瑞德·扬
:An opportunistic bounty hunter from the forts
塞布露琪
:8岁的小女孩,塞勒丝在她的家庭被谋害后收养了她。
切斯特顿·迪韦德
A violent and notorious highwayman

配角

达贡
A frequent customer at Silence’s Waystop
拉蒙叹·万贝尔
A fugitive horse thief
塞勒丝的祖母
A Forescout who raised Silence after her parents died

写作灵感

When George R.R Martin approached me to ask if I'd be willing to contribute a story to Dangerous Women, I was ecstatic. George is known best for his Westeros books, but he is also an excellent author, having put together many anthologies. His recent themed anthologies with Gardner Dozois have become something of a "Who's Who" in the fantasy and science fiction world. It was a real honor to be invited.

After he told me the theme was "dangerous women", I at first thought of Perfect State, the other novella in this collection. I had a very rough draft of that done, but hadn't submitted it anywhere for publication I sent that to George and Gardner, and they felt it wasn't on theme enough, and asked if I had anything else.

I didnt, not yet, but something had happened recently that had planted a seed in my mind. I had been involved in some genealogy work, and had run across the name of a Puritan woman called Silence.

That intrigued me. Who would name their daughter Silence, and for what reason? Charity I can get. Faith makes total sense. But Silence? Perhaps she was late int he birth order, and her parents were really hoping to sleep through the nights this time.

Either way, the name stuck with me.

I'd had the idea for Threnody, the Cosmere world when a group of pilgrimesque people fled the Old World because it was overrun by a terrible evil long ago. It was actually a very early Cosmere world, developed around 1999 or 2000. (Though the name didn't get assigned to it until Isaac gave a suggestion upon reading this novella.) Having an intriguing Puritan name and a world that took inspiration from early American history seemed a ready-made match, but I had to ask myself, how was Silence going to be dangerous?

I was worried that the anthology was going to be stuffed full of women either in the "femme fatale" vein or the "I wear black leather and kick demon butt" vein. I've often felt that we, in fantasy, sometimes do a poor job of representing people (both male and female) who are powerful and capable in ways other than their ability to stand in a fight. Yes, giving a woman a sword is one way to make her dangerous, but I resist making every powerful woman into one who has become so by forcing her way into a traditionally male-dominated realm of face-to-face combat.

The world was mostly formed in my head, though over the years I'd added the diea of the shades for various reasons. One was to show off a few hints regarding the Cosmere afterlife, and another came during my initial research for the Stormlight Archive, where I read a lot about classical Hebrew life and philosophy. The original idea for Threnody was to make a system of magical rules with their roots int he Law of Moses and Jewish tradition. (Not mixing blood with milk, not kindling flames after nightfall on the Sabbath etc.) Many of these rules transformed over the years, leaving their roots behind in the same way that the Stormlight magic system left behind its roots in the fundamental forces of physics. But you can see those hints still having an influence on the tone and setting of this story.

This intersection of these ideas developed into this story, one that soon became one of my favorite Cosmere tales. I hope you enjoy it! (And no, for those searching, Hoid does not make an appearance. Unfortunately, he needed to be somewhere else in the timeline at this point.)

—— 桑德森为本作撰写的序[6]

试读

在Tor出版社的网站上可以读到这部中篇小说的一段节选片段

轶闻

本作是一则三界宙故事,但须空在故事中现身与否尚无定论。桑德森表示须空并未现身,[5]而他的助手Peter Ahlstrom则并不相信此说法。[7]如果须空确实出现在本故事中,那么这要比他在《执法镕金》中的出场还要短暂。[1]

引用与注释

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 如果须空真的现身了,那他的戏份肯定比《执法镕金》中的还要少
    17th Shard 论坛 - 2013-01-25
  2. 选集的编辑宣布启动
    — 马丁官网 - 消息宣布
  3. Tor出版社宣布发行
    — Tor.com - 2013-01-23
  4. Peter在2015漫展上的发布.
    — Reddit - Mar 22nd, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hal-Con报告
    17th Shard 论坛 - 2012-10-31
  6. Threnody的新信息
    17th Shard 论坛 - 2016-03-04
  7. “我知道布兰登是这么说的,但我这周重读了一遍故事,还是无法相信。”
    17th Shard 论坛 - 2013-01-25
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