Friday, 5 August 2016
Two Ways Of Operating In The Past
The Patrol can pay Cro-Magnon guides with steel knives because:
"...the metal would rust away and the strangers be forgotten in a few centuries." (Time Patrol, p. 174)
By contrast, Seahaven Engineering in Nantucket has a sales shop selling metalware not only to islanders but also to mainland Indians who barter pelts, herbs etc for:
"The Patrol could act quite freely, this far back in time; there was no danger of upsetting the past..." (ibid.) -
- the Nantucketers can act even more freely because their mere arrival in 1250 B.C. has already initiated a divergent timeline, thus nothing that they do here can possibly upset the past of their original timeline.