Friday, 11 March 2016
Space Travel In Science Fiction
Thus, Poul Anderson's Eric Wace grows up in a slum near the regular earthquake noise of a spaceport but gets into space leaving the slum behind. Jerry Pournelle's John Christian Falkenberg is in a queue of involuntary colonists at a spaceport at the beginning of The Mercenary.
In the opening paragraph, unpleasant smells and incessant noise assault Falkenberg. In the next, he sees dingy white walls and bright sunshine. Thus, we note a well controlled third person point of view narration and direct appeals to three of the senses. We are in familiar Heinleinian-Andersonian territory and want to accompany this new viewpoint character out of the solar system.