Monday, 17 March 2014

Behind The Scenes Of History

Poul Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006); The Corridors Of Time (London, 1968).

"The Only Game In Town" ends with a Mongol Noyon and a Confucian scholar stranded in North America in 1280 AD. The Corridors Of Time ends with Malcolm Lockridge from 1964 AD back at the beginning of the Bronze Age.

In both cases, Anderson then shows how these displaced individuals have influenced subsequent developments.

"Chinook, Tlingit, Nootka, all the potlach tribes, with their big sea-going canoes, lodges and copperworking, furs and cloths and haughtiness...well, a Mongol Noyon, even a Confucian scholar might live less happily and usefully than in creating such a life for such a race." (Time Patrol, p. 171)

The thousand year Bronze Age is rich, peaceful and happy, without burning, slaughter or enslavement, the Northern races united.

"Those who built the ultimate tomorrow might well come back to the realm that Lynx [Lockridge] founded, and learn." (Corridors, p. 223)

They should. Now that Lockridge has completed the circle and fulfilled his destiny, time wardens could, without influencing events, visit and confer.

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