the-pattern

The Pattern is one of my favorite concepts in a novel, I associate the idea with the labyrinth of chartres or the Borobudur. From the Amber series, a conversation with Random, Deirdre and Corwin about how to help Corwin, prince of Amber. ““I’m not going the full distance. You’ll have to take over at the shore and talk with your sister’s sister.” “You mean for him to take the Pattern again?...

paracosm

A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world. Paracosms are thought generally to originate in childhood and to have one or numerous creators. The creator of a paracosm has a complex and deeply felt relationship with this subjective universe, which may incorporate real-world or imaginary characters and conventions. Commonly having its own geography, history, and language, it is an experience that is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time, months or even years, as a sophisticated reality that can last into adulthood....