Friday, 26 February 2016
-copied from here.
Sean Brooks refers to Poul Anderson and SM Stirling. We find the same point made in The Mote In God's Eye (London, 1979) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
All stand when the Imperial Viceroy enters the Council Chamber. Captain Blaine reflects that the Emperor and his Viceroy are only men:
"But they held responsibility for the destiny of the human race...someone had to act in the name of mankind...No, the ceremonial entrance wasn't exaggerated. Men who held that kind of power should be reminded of it." (p. 76)
I hope for a less top-down form of social organization in the future but agree that ceremony is a way to mark and enact important events. Niven and Pournelle with their Empire of Man, and Anderson with his Terran Empire, project ancient forms into a technological future. As society changes, we will find new ways to express what is important.