Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Judgment Day

Poul Anderson, The Boat Of A Million Years (London, 1991).

As Katya returns to the Lazur Chemical Plant (see previous post), she invokes Dazhbog, Perun, St Yuri the dragonslayer and St Alexander Nevsky. We realize, if we had not already, that she is the immortal Svoboda.

On the facing page, we jump from Stalingrad in 1942 to the Himalayas in 1975, where there is:

"...a darkness of deodars and gnarly white fruit trees where langurs scampered." (p. 363)

Wanderer, the Native American immortal, travels by mule to a Himalayan village. We may expect that he seeks two Oriental immortals who are already known to us but, since it is now after 12.30 AM in Britain, I will confirm this some time tomorrow.

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