Being amazed by the world Lindsay creates is impossible even in today 's world, and considering that the book is written in 1920 almost a century ago, it becomes jaw-dropping. I got struck by the idea of back-rays which are rays that turn back to its own source and traveling at the speed of thought. But Lindsay’s imagination is much more than this, he creates two new colors that come from the second sun of Tormence, ulfire and jale.
“The sense impressions caused in Maskull by these two additional primary colors can only be vaguely hinted at by analogy. Just as blue is delicate and mysterious, yellow clear and unsubtle, and red sanguine and passionate, so he felt ulfire to be wild and painful, and jale dreamlike, feverish, and voluptuous.”
Apart from the colors and original sci-fi elements, characters get their share from Lindsay’s imagination. In Tormence each person can easily add and remove organs that are created for different purposes. As a matter of fact, these organs extinguishes the need of tools.
“‘How it happens that men here are ignorant of tools and arts, and have no civilisation, and yet contrive to be social in their habits and wise in their thoughts.’
‘Do you imagine, then, that love and wisdom spring from tools? But I see how it arises. In your world you have fewer sense organs, and to make up for the deficiency you have been obliged to call in the assistance of stones and metals. That’s by no means a sign of superiority.’
Each organ responds the needs and