Did You Know?
I suppose that what September 11th did was not so much change how we think of the world or humanity as remind us of a lot of things we already knew about humanity. (We could have done without the reminder.) It reminds us that any time of peace and prosperity is a fortunate exception to the way the machinery ordinarily works, and in retrospect it makes you appreciate that time.
Powers is famous for his knotty plots, his remarkable erudition, his exhaustive research into historical detail (every one of which, evidently, finds a home in his fiction), his specializing in the Romantic Poets and Arthuriana, his ebullient capacity for writing fantasy, science fiction, and horror - but is most loved because he creates totally believable characters and suspenseful, truly WEIRD ...