Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Successors And The Time Patrol
"Considered by many to be the natural heir to Harry Turtledove's title of King of the Alternate History..."
-Introduction to SM Stirling, "A Slip In Time" IN Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois, Eds., Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (Burton, MI, 2014), p. 63.
I can see that this is so although I came to Stirling as a successor of Poul Anderson, not of Harry Turtledove. In Multiverse, Stirling's addition to Anderson's Time Patrol series follows Turtledove's sequel to Anderson's Three Hearts And Three Lions.
"In most [Time Patrol stories] , Time Patrolman Manse Everard and his compatriots ride off to keep unscrupulous time-travelers from destroying the proper timeline by changing historic events in the past." (op. cit., p. 64)
Not in most.
"Time Patrol" - Stane tries to change history.
"Brave To Be A King" - Everard rescues Keith Denison.
"The Only Game In Town" - the Patrol changes history.
"Delenda Est" - Neldorians change history.
"Gibraltar Falls" - another Time Patrolman rescues a colleague.
"The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" - a Patrolman risks changing history.
"Star of the Sea" - the Patrol inadvertently nearly changes history.
"The Year Of The Ransom" - Exaltationists threaten to change history.
"Ivory, And Apes, And Peacocks" - another Exaltationist threat.
The Shield Of Time -
the Patrol traps the remaining Exaltationists;
Time Patrolwoman Wanda Tamberly meddles in the past;
history changes without human intervention.
"Death And The Knight" - Everard rescues another Patrolman.