"Losers' Night," his "Eutopia," first published in Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions, is a story that clearly I had not read closely enough before. I had thought that it was nothing but chase scenes followed by a shock ending.
Instead, it presents:
a rational man's disgust with our timeline;
the unique and original Westfall timeline;
a proto-series, Iason "...could be reassigned to some history he might find more congenial." (p. 139);
a new version of familiar Andersonian arguments about humanity.
Iason asks whether Daimonax means that:
"'Without fighting, clannishness, superstition, ritual and taboo...man has nothing?'" (p. 137)
"'More or less that?'" (ibid.)
More or less? How much more and how much less? I disagree. A false dichotomy is being set up. Is emotion without reason better than reason without emotion? Why not have both reason and emotion?
"'Because we have made our world one, where are color and contrast...?'" (p. 138)
One world incorporates color and contrast. Unity need not be uniformity. My slogan is: "Difference without division; unity without uniformity." See "Fundamental Issues."
"'...where is pride in being peculiarly ourselves?'" (ibid.)
Why do we need this? But, in any case, it is there for the asking. Humanity is diverse and everyone is unique. I will probably pick through more of Daimonax's speech but it is getting late here.