Tuesday, 30 August 2016
"...a dream, or a very tall story." (p. 7)
But, if it is true, then it has practical future implications.
Anderson's There Will Be Time (New York, 1973) begins with a Foreword narrated in the first person by Poul Anderson although it is fiction. He is:
"...not about to pretend this story is true." (p. 5)
But, if Anderson and his readers were to research the matter, then:
"...our discoveries could conceivably endanger us." (ibid.)
Anderson's Operation Chaos (New York, 1995) begins with a passage without heading or title, narrated in the first person by Steven Matuchek who narrates the entire novel. Matuchek is not writing a text but attempting to broadcast telepathically to other timelines. His recipients, if he has any, might think that his message is "...nothing but a dream." (p. 2) Nevertheless, it contains a "...warning." (p. 2)
In all three cases, Anderson conveys the impression that his fiction might be both true and urgent.