he may create a world of what fashion and government he will, and give the creatures thereof such motions, figures, forms, colours, perceptions, etc. as he pleases and make whirlpools, lights, pressures and reactions, etc. as he thinks best; nay, he may make a world full of veins, muscles, and nerves, and all these to move by one jolt or stroke: also he may alter that world as often as he pleases, or change it from a natural world, to an artificial; he may make a world of ideas, a world of atoms, a world of lights, or whatsoever his fancy leads him to.
—The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World || Margaret Cavendish ||1666
To be born again,” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)