Friday, 20 May 2016
Stilicho And Molitor
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Dahut (New York, 1989), Dramatis Personae, p. 492.
(The capitalized name means that Stilico is historical.)
MOLITOR, HANS FRIEDRICK: A Terran Admiral, Germanian by birth, who became Terran Emperor.
(The capitalized name shows that Molitor is future historical.)
"'Stilicho may not be easy to reach,' Gratillonius said...'The way he moves around, holding the Empire together.'
"Apuleius nodded. 'Like the captain on a foundering ship, who dashes about as timbers and cordage come apart in the storm,' he answered sadly." (Dahut, Chapter XI, section 1, p. 238)
"'...barely six years on the throne have I had. The first three, fighting to stay there. I need another twenty or thirty for carpentering this jerry-built, dry-rotted Empire into a thing that might last a few more generations, before I can lay down my tools.' Hans chuckled coarsely."
-Poul Anderson, Sir Dominic Flandry (New York, 2012), p. 379.
I did not expect such a good match between the quotations when I started to look for them. Hans' jerry-built Empire is what eventually came after the world's great age beginning anew of the Polesotechnic League period (here).
And here is another similarity between Stilicho and Molitor:
"'[Stilicho] is a soldier himself, a practical man, experienced in starcraft; and, I hear, being half a barbarian, he nourishes a wistful admiration for everything civilized...'" (Dahut, p. 238)
"A blunt pragmatist, uncultured and unashamed of it, shrewd rather than intelligent..." (Sir Dominic Flandry, p. 380)