Friday, 30 September 2016
Time Patrol Generations
On the gap between 1954 and 1972, Nomura reflects:
"The upheavals of that generation were bubble pops against what had happened before and what would happen after." (Time Patrol, p. 114)
Carl Farness was young in the 1960's and 70's but a doctor on the Moon in 2319 tells him that moral fashions come and go. Everard and Nomura were not in the same class at the Academy. When they meet, Nomura is twenty five and newly graduated whereas Everard is a veteran. Nomura suspects that Everard has seen enough existence to become more foreign to him than someone born two millennia later than either of them.
Longevity treatment, endless time travel, memories of deleted timelines, always returning to home base immediately after leaving it, knowledge of the future, a career apparently without any retirement, eventually moving to another milieu and then another - surely, after all that, an Unattached agent of the Time Patrol would no longer be human?