Ice is a frequently employed symbol within the genre of science fiction; (note Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Ursula K. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness, William Gibsonís Neuromancer ). It is a symbol of rigidity, frigidity, the waters of the earth as opposed to the fresh and living WATER of the fountain of Paradise. It is coldness, absence of love, difficult and unexplored territory not conducive to human life and life in general. With winter, the season of death. In Dante, a deep part of Hell. In psychology, the dividing line between the conscious and the unconscious.

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