Monday, 1 August 2016
Simple Or Complicated
Of the works cited, we might classify Wells, Lewis and Stirling as presenting "simple" scenarios and Anderson as presenting "complicated" scenarios. However, it would be a serious error to relegate the "simple" scenarios to any sort of secondary, more simplistic, status. Wells' Moon and Lewis' Mars are as well realized as any of the numerous planets in Anderson's Technic History. Wells speculates about the future of life on Earth and Stirling informs us about the Americas, Eurasia and Africa in 1250 A.D. as well as Anderson informs about his many past periods. There are consequences of the transposition of several thousand people and their dwellings from 1998 A.D. to 1250 B.C. and Stirling makes good use of hundreds of pages to spell out those consequences. Thus, Island... is a substantial work on time travel, comparable to Time Patrol.