Authors’ Commentary on “Out of Court Settlementl”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»Out of Court Settlement,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

Roman hell comes in several sections. The deepest is Tartarus, but that was reserved for real dastards. The Elysian fields, well, those were where you got to after a virtuous life. Most people just went to a place a lot like the here and now, with a few inconveniences.

So in a sense the Roman hell was there before the Christian one moved in and spread out. It's not as old as the Akkadian one, but it goes back to some respectable antiquity, and therefore operates under its own rules.


Lawyers in Hell The Egyptian Fields of the Blessed are another island of antiquity. But the Romans of Augustus' day were a little less straitlaced and a little more cosmopolitan than the Republican Romans and you'll note that Augustus has accepted a few houseguests.

Sargon of Akkad didn't like his paradise, which had few comforts. He moved in with Augustus.

C.J. CherryhHatshepsut, pure Egyptian, found the Fields of the Blessed incredibly boring: working the fields of the gods day in and day out, and dealing with relatives---a lot of relatives. So she, who sponsored the great Egyptian voyages of discovery, finds she can use any technology she can believe in, and oh, she believes.

She not only keeps up with the Romans, she has a lot of technology that postdates the 21st century, and her fashion sense is color-changing catsuits.

 Cleopatra---well, she's as much Greek as Egyptian, but she believes in Paris fashion...and Julius Caesar understands everything right down through the 20th century. They get along as well as ever.

The house even has two more 'modern' Italians, Dante, and Machiavelli, from the Renaissance, both of whom found living in their past far safer than the Italy of their day.

END of commentary

Out of Court Settlement, © C.J. Cherryh; Perseid Publishing, 2011
2011© Lawyers in Hell (Janet Morris), 2011, all rights reserved

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