Thursday, 18 August 2016

Two Air Fights With Demons

In James Blish's The Day After Judgment:

the demon fortress of Dis manifests on the Earth's surface in Death Valley;

the United States Strategic Air Command attacks Dis and is annihilated by demons in an air battle above the city.

In Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos:

the Matucheks on broomsticks invade Hell and attack a demon castle;

Ginny weaves spells that protect them from curses and other magical attacks;

Steve resists physical attacks with cutlass, hands and teeth;

they arrive before the changeling has been exchanged for Valeria...

Temporal paradoxes are to be avoided but I am not sure that I understand what is said about them:

"If the kidnaper found himself unable to make it back with his victim, God alone knew what would happen. They'd certainly both leave our home and a changeling replace them. But we'd have no inkling of how this came about or where they'd gone." (p. 267)

Why not?

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