Thursday, 21 April 2016
Two Knights Of Ghosts And Shadows
"'Aycharaych...Who else? Masks within masks, shadows that cast shadows...'"
-Poul Anderson, Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight Of Terra (New York, 2012), p. 503.
Kenjiro Murasaki is the "...knight of ghosts and shadows..." in Jerry Pournelle's and SM Stirling's The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 901.
"'Murasaki is like a ghost; rumored to be here, to be there, never proven.'" (p. 976)
They have something else in common.
"'I've sometimes thought [Aycharaych]'s an artist.'
"'An artist of espionage and sabotage, whose materials are living beings?'" (Anderson, p. 391)
"'...I suspect [Murasaki's] primary motivation is aesthetic - he is artist, artist of assassination and subversion and death.'" (Pournelle and Stirling, p. 976)
Anderson and his successors know how to write formidable adversaries for their heroes who, in both cases, are defenders of civilization. I think that again we end the blogging for the day on a high point.