Friday, 10 June 2016

Four Children Among Aliens

In fifth century Scania, Hadding grew up among giants.

In the Danelaw of the ninth century, Skafloc grew up among elves.

On Avalon in the twenty ninth century, Tabitha Falkayn grew up among Ythrians.

On Imhotep in the thirty first century, Diana Crowfeather grew up among Tigeries.

This could be a single timeline because it is acknowledged that gods, giants, elves etc had withdrawn from Earth before the twentieth century. Here are four children in very different alien environments imagined by Poul Anderson.

Hadding is the rightful King of Denmark and an incarnation of the god, Njord. Skafloc is the son of the Dane-chief, Orm. Tabitha Falkayn is a direct descendant of David Falkayn, Founder of Avalon. Diana Crowfeather is the illegitimate daughter of Dominic Flandry. Four important people with non-human upbringings.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I see you used Sandra Miesel's dates for the Technic History! But I do realize her suggestions, flawed as I believed them to be, are better known than my revision of her Technic Chronology.

And Tabitha Falkayn was also a descendant of Nicholas van Rijn, thru his granddaughter, David Falkayn's wife.

I wouldn't say Diana Crowfeather was ENTIRELY raised among non-humans. IF my recollection from THE GAME OF EMPIRE is correct, she had a fairly normal upbringing among humans till age 14, when her mother died.


Paul Shackley said...

Yes. I just glanced at the Chronology in the back of a Baen volume rather than getting back into a discussion of the chronology, the main point being that Hadding and Skafloc are way in our past and in different centuries whereas Tabitha and Diana are way in our future and in different centuries. I wonder if you can correspond with Baen Books about possible future editions? They probably get all sorts of feedback, which they should heed.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Understood, what you meant in this blog piece, showing various characters created by Anderson living far in the past or the future.

Interesting! Your suggestion I should contact Baen Books and bringing my revision of Miesel's Chronology to their attention. I think I will do exactly that, in the next day or two.

I had hoped Sandra Miesel herself might have come across my revision of the Chronology and be interested enough to comment on it. But an elderly lady of about 80 might well not feel quite up to such a debate.