Thursday, 9 June 2016
From Thor To The Terran Empire
"...was a terrible foe who might well put a host to flight, but if too many men came at him for too long, he would die. It would happen very fast if they offered to Thor and the god chose to help them."
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 19.
Will Thor intervene against a giant?
Will the US or UN intervene in the Middle East?
Will the Space Patrol intervene in the Second American Revolution?
No. It is an internal disorder.
Will the Terran Empire intervene on Starkad or on Brae?
Yes (good) and yes (bad).
Essentially the same question in a mythical narrative, in current affairs and in two future histories, beginning and ending with Poul Anderson. How neat is that?