While wandering hither and yon today following up on the Texas banning of A Wizard of Mars and glancing at other links, I ran across someone who’d seen this dedication page from High Wizardry –
– and having seen it, had this to say:
Sometimes I kind of wonder if she’s into the D/s end of things.
(smiles, closes eyes, pinches bridge of nose)
Um… there’s more than one context in which someone refers to another as their master.
…The dedication was in memory of C. S. Lewis, who I was thinking of frequently while writing a book whose events here and there faintly echoed some of those in the third book of the Planetary Trilogy, That Hideous Strength*. The surprise is a reference to Lewis’s book Surprised by Joy, which deals with the loss and rediscovery of his faith, but is also a pun. For the Joy he was surprised by was his wife, long after he’d given up the idea that he might ever find true love or be married. Four years after finding and getting married to Peter under similar circumstances, I was still surprised.
So if anyone was wondering about that dedication, now you know. And I can reassure anyone who needs reassuring that dom/sub and/or top/bottom issues weren’t involved in any way. We don’t even own a riding crop. :)
*For one of the best Praising With Faint Damns reviews of the last century, see George Orwell’s review of THS here.