goetic timeline of Poul Anderson's Old Phoenix multiverse. See previous posts dated September 2012.
We note with interest that the literary lineage of magic-as-technology encompasses not only Robert Heinlein and Poul Anderson but also Harry Turtledove. See Poul Anderson, "Introduction" IN Anderson, Operation Chaos (New York, 1995), an unnumbered page facing p. 1.
Poul Anderson's werewolf, Steven Matuchek, says:
"...the strife is older than creation..." (p. 3)
Mike Carey's demon, Lord Arux, says:
"There are alliances and obligations between my vassal lords that go back to the darkness before light."
-Mike Carey, Lucifer: Inferno (New York, 2004), p. 8.
Alan Moore's brujeria conjure the Original Darkness that was before the Creation, hoping that it will destroy Heaven. For the outcome, see here.
These are powerful mythological concepts: strife and darkness before creation and alliances that were made in that darkness. The strife as defined by Matuchek is between Law and Chaos. This is even more fundamental than any conflict between a Creator and a rebellious creature.
Matuchek calls to other time streams, not knowing whether they exist. Later, his daughter will travel between them. He cites possible examples of transference between time currents: Benjamin Bathurst and Kaspar Hauser.
Matuchek summarizes the distinctive feature of his Earth quite early in the text:
"...mankind found how to degauss the ruinous effects of cold iron, and the goetic age began..." (p. 15)
He quotes some Latin:
"Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant..." (p. 10)
Cremation has been made illegal so that doctors can pluck St John' Wort "...from a graveyard by the light of the moon." (p. 6)
Soldiers use basilisks to petrify the enemy but transforming human carbon into silicon generates a radioactive isotope. There is no end to Anderson's logical deductions from fantastic premises. For Classical petrification in CS Lewis' fiction, see here.