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 His Dark Materials - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
His Dark Materials is a trilogy of novels by the fantasy fiction author Philip Pullman, comprising Northern Lights (released as The Golden Compass in the United States), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
The three major literary influences on His Dark Materials acknowledged by Pullman himself are the essay On the Marionette Theatre by Heinrich von Kleist; the works of William Blake; and, most importantly, John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which the title of the trilogy, "His Dark Materials", as well as many of its basic ideas, derives.
She lives for a time amongst the mulefa, and constructs the Amber Spyglass in an effort to discern why Dust appears to be leaving the universe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/His_Dark_Materials   (2365 words)

 Articles - Dust
The dust which collects in houses is composed of atmospheric dust combined with dust generated by the inhabitants, mostly from sloughed skin cells and fibers from clothing and coverings.
Dust is responsible for the lung disease known as Pneumoconiosis, including black lung disease that occurs among coal miners.
On Earth, dust occurs in the atmosphere from various sources: soil dust lifted up by wind, volcanic eruptions, and pollution are some examples; airborne dust is considered an aerosol and can have a strong, local radiative forcing on the atmosphere and significant effects on climate.
www.kamero.net /articles/Dust   (504 words)

Awhile back I made the argument that the concept of Dust in 'His Dark Materials' can be seen as a parallel to the Christian (and indeed any religion's) view of the true God, as opposed to The Authority.
This would seem to imply that the whole vast concept that is Dust would appear very similar at its core to that of God.
Dust is what we all agree on about God, and how a person should act during their time on earth.
www.bridgetothestars.net /commentaries/finevapors.php   (861 words)

 [His Dark Materials] The Bridge Through the Aurora
In the ‘His Dark Materials’ books, this is the object used by Lyra to help her on her quest.
Northern Lights- the title of the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy in countries that receive British editions of books.
Malone, Mary Mary Malone is a scientist researching Dark Matter (dust) in the universe that we know.
www.angelfire.com /realm/darkmaterials/encyclopaedia.html   (6797 words)

 A Tribute to His Dark Materials - Glossary
A Tribute to His Dark Materials - Glossary
Also known as dark matter; this material is a mysterious and conscious matter.
Dust attracts to a human being when his/her dæmon settles.
www.geocities.com /his_darkmaterials/glossary.html   (2080 words)

 Book Review: His Dark Materials, Book 3: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
I saw Dust as a more metaphysical interpretation of God - more like the Buddhist concept of God as everything - or the opposite of the supreme dictator the Authority or Metatron was trying to claim to be.
His Dark Materials, Book 3: The Amber Spyglass
The temptation of Eve metaphor takes this concept of Dust even further.
www.deliriumsrealm.com /delirium/reviews/bookview.asp?ID=22   (711 words)

 MonkeyFilter How it feels to see God killed
Turning inside out, His Dark Materials could be seen as an enormous logical contradiction, proving the hypotheses "does God exist" false for one case of its existence, and therefore, assuming an infinite God, proving the existence of God false everywhere.
If, as the Archbishop states, Atheists will questions the grounds of their approach, I also think His Dark Materials tells the opposite to the religious: "Step by step, I am taking the universe to pieces, God is here somewhere, what is it?".
Although I have not read His Dark Materials trilogy, I have wondered about the religious aspects ever since I read some venomous comments from Pullmen regarding the Narnia trilogy- another trilogy I have a great deal of respect for.
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 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Philip Pullman's Dark Materials
In his "worlds," there are computers that talk to elementary particles fashioned of the dark materials, flesh-eating "Cliff-Ghasts," flights of beautiful witches many thousands of years old, myriads of angels, talking ten-foot-tall armored bears, wheeled creatures — "mulefas" &; with elephant-like trunks, "gyptians," "Specters," Africans, and Tartars.
Indeed, Pullman has taken the trilogy's overall title, His Dark Materials, from another account of the fall, Milton's Paradise Lost.
Of course, God, or the Authority, no longer runs the daily affairs of the kingdom in His Dark Materials.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=4004   (2077 words)

 Pullman's Dark Materials: Refreshes the Parts Other Fantasies Cannot Reach
Failing a tremendous (and tremendously unlikely) letdown in the third volume, His Dark Materials shows every sign of being a landmark work of modern fantasy.
His adults all seem dark and inscrutable when seen from a child's point of view, yet in their own scenes their reasons for acting as they do have a certain familiarity to an older reader.
Dust has revealed an ethereal city hanging in the moving patterns of solar particles, which the famous scientist, Lord Asriel, is sure he can reach with the right kind of catalytic power.
home.austin.rr.com /lperson/pullman.html   (1314 words)

 His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - Stephen Greif
His Dark Materials is a follow-up to Paradise Lost that owes less to Milton than to Prometheus Unbound as Shelley might have written it for sophisticated kids.
With Lyra revealed as the new Eve, another Fall in prospect, and much talk of a life- enhancing “dust” that those baleful Catholics and their snake daemons want to destroy, I increasingly felt that Pullman the would-be Shelley or Blake was actually Pullman the paranoid purveyor of muddled mumbo jumbo.
Evil is represented by a dim, dying God and by tyrannical priests who torture witches, murder innocents, mutilate children and their sexual organs, and suppress every discovery they can; freedom and good by the brave new Lucifer, Lord Asriel, and his daughter, Lyra.
shipofdreams.net /b7/travis/hisdarkmaterials_thetimes.htm   (545 words)

 Amazon.com: His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass): Books
Now, for the first time, the HIS DARK MATERIALS Trilogy is available in a trade paperback edition.
The "Dark Materials" Trilogy is a more solid work because it is dealing with essential truths of our life and the nature of existence.
The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree/The Grey King/Greenwitch/The Dark Is Rising/Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0440238609?v=glance   (1994 words)

 The Philotic Web Forum
In the the Subtle Knife I felt the His Dark Materials world was growing too quickly and it didn't seem like he had any control over where it was going or what he was doing with it.
So we thought it was worth opening up a thread for discussion of the whole His Dark Materials trilogy.
Dust, in many ways is the knowledge of good and evil, it is what the aleithometer runs on, and Lyra has an intuitive understanding of it as a child, but may only understand it through hard work and carefull study as an adult.
www.philoticweb.net /openbb/read.php?TID=4578#205646   (2065 words)

 Is Dust God?
Dust is closer to what followers of Christ believe about God than the Authority is. And certainly, to read the books in this light will make them much more comfortable reading for followers of Christ.
The BBC 'His Dark Materials' web site, with audio of the Radio 4 broadcasts from January 2003, starring Lulu Poppleswell as Lyra, Dan Anthony as Will, Emma Fielding as Mrs Coulter and Terence Stamp as Lord Asriel.
Having read the books from a Christian perspective, I've come to the conclusion that the Authority portrayed in the books is most certainly not God.
www.facingthechallenge.org /ppfaq03.htm   (982 words)

 Books by Philip Pullman incl. "His Dark Materials" - GayCork.com
There were rumours going around that "His Dark Materials" was to become a quartet with the release of a fourth book, "The Book of Dust".
Philip Pullman is working on a sort of companion novel to His Dark Materials, entitled "The Book of Dust." The Book of Dust" will contain short stories about many of the secondary characters such as Lee Scoresby and Serafina Pekkala.
The fourth volume in Pullman's award-winning sequence is The Book of Dust and despite the author's reputation for taking his time in writing each of his longer works, it is now just too far away in the future to be funny anymore.
www.gaycork.com /forum/showthread.php?t=304   (1368 words)

 His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman& His Dark Materials trilogy is renowned for its mystery and magic.
Discover Lyra's Oxford, an exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga.
The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
www.randomhouse.com /features/pullman   (300 words)

 His Dark Materials Phillip Pullman Golden Compass Subtle Knife Amber Spyglass Northern Lights
The third book in the His Dark Materials trilogy brings together all the elements from the other books (demons, Dust, numerous worlds) and ties them together.
The His Dark Materials trilogy is for you if you love fantasy or if you just dig reading books that will make you think.
Lyra discovers a plot to kill her uncle, Lord Asriel, and in the process she learns of the discovery of "Dust." Dust particles are magical and mysterious and somehow related to the disappearance of children.
www.kidzworld.com /site/p4455.htm   (432 words)

 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
She discovers that she can operate the Golden Compass of the title, an oracular device used by trained theologians, and she discovers a dark plot involving Dust (a substance that holds all of the power in the Universe, and can be used for good or evil, much like The Force).
And then, when he cruelly betrayed me with the darkness and despair of The Amber Spyglass, I was forced to turn away and search for a new love...
In one breath Pullman exalts freedom of choice, science, and material pragmatism, while at the same time attempting to convince the reader that two who are so deeply in love would be so non-pragmatic, so idealistic and full of love for humanity, that they would put others before themselves.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/book_pullman_darkmaterialsomni.html   (1271 words)

 SparkNotes: His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
Throughout the His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman plays with similarities between Lyra’s world and the world we’re familiar with.
We don’t yet know what Dust is, but we know that it has something to do with the difference between innocence and experience, the difference between age and youth, and the process by which a person’s daemon becomes fixed in one shape.
Dust is consciousness, or awareness of the world around you and all of its possibilities.
www.sparknotes.com /lit/hisdarkmaterials/section1.html   (3307 words)

 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials is richly populated: important adult figures include Lord Asriel, Mrs.Coulter (a villain with just enough good (and maternal instincts) to confound all expectations -- as Lord Asriel says: "Whatever else she's done, she's never failed to surprise me"), and Dr. Mary Malone (a one-time nun and now a physicist from Will's world).
His Dark Materials was published as a trilogy, in three separate volumes, but it really is only a single (though many faceted) story.
His Dark Materials is a grand adventure-fantasy epic, with a theological-philosophical bent.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/pullmanp/hisdarkm.htm   (1507 words)

 His Dark Materials.org - The book of dust info
The Book of Dust is intended to be a companion to the His Dark Materials trilogy.
The Book of Dust is definitely in the process of being written - the press release of Lyra's Oxford mentions it by name - but there's no way to gauge how near it is to completion or when it will finally be published.
Rumors about The Book of Dust practically date back to the publication of The Amber Spyglass in 2000, but Philip Pullman has set no possible publication dates and has worked on several separate projects in the interim.
www.hisdarkmaterials.org /article129.html   (278 words)

 His Dark Materials
"His Dark Materials" is one of the National's most ambitious projects, and aims to create an experience as meaningful for 12-year olds as for adults.
Sir Nicholas Hytner knew as soon as he heard "His Dark Materials" that Philip Pullman's highly imaginative recreation of "Paradise Lost" was made for the stage.
"His Dark Materials" is based on the novels by Philip Pullman.
www.timothydalton.com /his_dark_materials.htm   (3434 words)

 TIME Europe Magazine: A Dark Star Under The Lights -- Jan. 26, 2004
The film rights to His Dark Materials were bought last year by New Line Cinema, producers of Lord of the Rings.
Moreover, his writing is motivated by "the instinct to feel awe and wonder at the universe, to have a sense of moral relations with other conscious and unconscious beings." That impulse, and the imperative to act that comes with it, are what make His Dark Materials such a compelling, popular morality tale for our times.
Dust — a metaphor for self-knowledge or experience — is just one of many powerful symbolic inventions Pullman uses to hook his readers.
www.time.com /time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901040126-578944-2,00.html   (681 words)

 His Dark Materials [an unofficial fansite]
The diegesis of His Dark Materials is still expanding: at least two more books (Lyra's Oxford and The Book of Dust) concerning the characters and universes of His Dark Materials are slated to be published, and the trilogy has already been adapted into a successful radio drama.
His Dark Materials, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass and all related characters, concepts, and commercial offspring are the property of Philip Pullman, Scholastic Books, Random House Inc, New Line Cinema and all other right-holders.
When The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman was published in 1995, it was the start of His Dark Materials, an ambitious trilogy that offered a startlingly new perspective on childhood, innocence, and sin.
www.darkmaterials.com   (262 words)

 Telegraph Arts The Dark Materials debate: life, God, the universe...
In the sort of creation myth that underlies His Dark Materials, which is never fully explicit but which I was discovering as I was writing it, the notion is that there never was a Creator, instead there was matter, and this matter gradually became conscious of itself and developed Dust.
PP: I don't want to use just my story to hog the argument, but there's a passage in His Dark Materials, when Mary Malone is on her own wondering and speculating about the nature of this mysterious thing that she's investigating, this thing we call Dust.
Last Monday, the Archbishop spoke at Downing Street about His Dark Materials and he recommended it, saying that he was delighted to see large school parties in the audience and found it vastly encouraging.
weather.telegraph.co.uk /arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/03/17/bodark17.xml&sSheet=/arts/2004/03/18/ixartright.html   (5339 words)

 Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials fantasy books
The His Dark Materials trilogy is intended to reflect elements of John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667).
He's is best known for the "His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass (1995, original UK title Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000).
New Line Cinema and Scholastic Entertainment have joined forces to bring Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy to the big screen.
members.aol.com /misuly/pullman.htm   (1491 words)

 Telegraph Connected The quest for dark matter
His Dark Materials portrays the unthinking dogma of Lyra's world, where the rules of the Church are unbending.
Inspired, in turn, by His Dark Materials, instrumentation engineer Tim Durkin invited Pullman to visit him at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot in Oxfordshire where a real-world version of Dr Malone's mission is under way by Durkin, Prof Nigel Smith, Dr Roland Luscher and colleagues.
"When I found the phrase 'his dark materials' in Milton's Paradise Lost, I leapt on it with glee.
www.telegraph.co.uk /connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2005/04/27/ecquest27.xml&sSheet=/connected/2005/04/27/ixconnrite.html   (1179 words)

 Boston.com / A&E / Theater/Arts / AP Theater review: 'His Dark Materials'
"His Dark Materials" has an array of vivid adults in a story that is as much about the reckoning children must make with their parents as it is a spin on "Paradise Lost" (Pullman's collective title for his books comes from the Milton poem).
At the same time, "His Dark Materials" demands its own fortitude from audiences, especially those who may be relative newcomers to Pullman's hyper-complex, not always consistent cosmology.
In terms of time commitment, that would have put "His Dark Materials" on a footing with past trilogies performed in the National's 1,100-seat Olivier by David Hare ("Racing Demon," "Murmuring Judges" and "The Absence of War") and Tom Stoppard ("The Coast of Utopia").
www.boston.com /ae/theater_arts/articles/2004/01/15/ap_theater_review_his_dark_materials   (735 words)

 Bow. James Bow: Journal: Reviewing His Dark Materials Sequence I - Phillip Pullman's Universe
Phillip Pullman begins the first novel of His Dark Materials sequence (The Golden Compass) in a world very different from, but intriguingly similar to, our own.
Coulter, and Lord Asriel have different interpretations of what Dust is. The Magesterium calls Dust the manifestation of original sin, and looks at the prospect of severing children from their daemons as a means of preventing original sin from lighting on the children.
At the centre of it all is Dust, a mysterious elementary particle that appears to gather around humans once they've passed puberty.
www.bowjamesbow.net /2002/11/05-reviewing_.shtml   (1454 words)

 DarkMark.Com Message Board > His Dark Materials
I just wanted to add that the same people who are saying that "His Dark Materials" is sacriligious are the same people who are banning HP and saying it promotes witchcraft.
Jul 21 2004, 07:35 AM I am in the process of reading the third installment of a series of books called "His Dark Materials," and I gotta tell you...
I have the 3 His Dark Materials books, but have still yet to read them.
www.darkmark.com /forum/lofiversion/index.php/t38244.html   (2695 words)

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