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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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a_d_medievalist
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Apparently I'm the odd (wo)man out here. I've always thought of it, when I've stopped to think of it, in terms of a heavenly spheres sort of construct, and thus the realm beyond where terrestrial beings can reach or see, but not necessarily heaven.