Monday, 11 July 2016
Writing in the pivotal twentieth century, Poul Anderson was able to look not only back to Thor as a popular god but also forward to the same god as a remembered and valued myth. Anderson's Christian character Axor is able not only to preach that God was incarnated on Earth but also to seek evidence for a divine incarnation elsewhere in an inhabited universe that would have been inconceivable to the earliest Christians.
Poul Anderson wrote both fantasy and science fiction set in the past and also futuristic sf. However, fantasy does not translate so well into the future. What would an alternative history where magic still works and gods are still active in the thirtieth century look like?