Monday, 17 October 2016
Earth And Space
A few years after James Ching has learned that he will be able to go into space apprenticed to a Master Merchant, we are back on the extrasolar planet Ivanhoe where we first met David Falkayn as an apprentice. However, this time, our viewpoint character is neither Falkayn nor Ching but yet another never-to-reappear character, the apprentice Juan Hernandez. Whereas Falkayn had had to cope with an obscurantist religion and Ching had had to contend with a Festival of Man, Hernandez's problem is how to celebrate Christmas in this"...strange and lonely place..." (The Van Rijn Method, p. 319)
This is a Christmas story and a good one and the Technic History is nothing if not intricate and multi-faceted.