Friday, 9 September 2016
Before And After The Event
Words change their meanings with context. "After the Event" means since Nantucket arrived in the prehistoric past, which thus became the Nantucketers' present, whereas "Before the Event" refers to their memories of a twentieth century that does not exist in their current timeline.
By 8 A.E., some Nantucketers have had children who are now a few years old and thus are beginning to learn about the world although their entire lives to date have been "After the Event." Some Nantucketers are a few years older but nevertheless too young to have many memories from "Before the Event."
Poul Anderson's Time Patrollers have past bases that exist for a very long time - the Academy for half a million years - but they do not start communities to exist for many generations in the past whereas the Nantucketers have no choice in the matter.