Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Not For Publication
Poul Anderson, Operation Luna (New York, 2000).
Steve Matuchek answers a question I asked earlier:
"My reconstruction of events is partly guesswork. No matter. This whole account isn't for publication. Too explosive, as well as being often too personal. It's going under hundred-year seal. Maybe after that it can give some kind of unforeseeable help to somebody in the unforeseeable future. A warning, if nothing else." (p. 208)
Most novels are third person narration and we do not ask who is addressing whom, how does the narrator know this? etc. The most creative use of narrative points of view that I have ever come across was in CS Lewis' That Hideous Strength. Anderson does interesting things with narration in his two Operation... volumes:
both are narrated in the first person by Steve Matuchek;
Steve, in a trance, telepathically broadcasts Operation Chaos to hypothetical other universes although he tells us in Operation Luna that there was no response;
Operation Luna is not for immediate publication;
both are warnings although ...Chaos is regarded as urgent whereas ...Luna clearly is not.
The circumstances of the narration of a story can in themselves become an additional story. This almost happens here.