Wednesday, 13 July 2016
In The Pasts, Presents And Futures
As ever, Anderson gives us the impression that he has systematically explored every possibility, three genres and four kinds of time periods: past, present, future and alternative. Moving forward into the twentieth century of our familiar timeline, we find not only one fantasy and/or psychological novel but also a fourth genre in the form of a detective fiction trilogy. It is superfluous to add either that Anderson created many fictional futures, including several future histories, or that one of these future histories is linked to one of his time travel novels. If we did not think that he addressed every possibility before, then we do now.
I set out to refer only to past fantasy novels but the entire body of Anderson's works is so interconnected that it is impossible to stop. I have also said most of this before but it always seems fresh and maybe each formulation is slightly different. I have enjoyed going back to the past but am not sure where to turn when I eventually finish rereading The Merman's Children.