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Beyond the stars

If something is from "beyond the stars", where is it really from?

Can it be from beyond a mere two stars? (Sometimes, both our sun and theirs would intervene, after all.) Does it have to be from beyond *all* stars? Which stars are "the" stars?

This query brought to you via an ad for a book set near Alpha Centauri.

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moon_custafer
Jan. 6th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I once read a short story in which a genie managed to cheat his captor out of one of her three wishes that way – she’d made the mistake of asking for “riches beyond imagination,” so he just shrugged and said “Nothing’s beyond imagination.”

It also seems like movie trailers that use the phrase are usually describing a fairly clichéd fantasy scenario, too (“oh look, another magical realm that looks like an idealized version of late-medieval Europe”) ; P