Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Time Travel And Future Histories
In the Time Patrol series, humanity evolves into a superior species after many past pivotal events whereas in several alternative future histories, humanity:
is artificially mutated and migrates to the galactic centre;
spreads through several spiral arms;
coexists with artificial intelligence;
is superseded but re-created, both electronically and biologically, by post-organic intelligence.
Thus, Poul Anderson describes real historical processes in a time travel series and fictitious historical processes in several future histories. Thus, also, Anderson's many volumes on time travel and future histories are worthy successors of Wells' two such volumes.
In these works by Wells and Anderson, humanity undergoes:
By "duplication," I mean the electronic re-creation for which Anderson coins the term "emulation." This re-creation reproduces consciousness so it is a duplication, not a mere simulation, of humanity.