Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Future Historical Segue

How a League series segues into an originally distinct Flandry series:

the Polesotechnic League;
Falkayns in the League;
Falkayns on Avalon;
Holms on Avalon;
the Terran Empire;
Falkayns and Holms on Avalon resisting the Empire;
Dominic Flandry defending the Empire;
Flandry's daughter in the Empire.

Thus, by a long process of many stages, history, whether real or fictional, eventually reaches a different place.

Historically also, diverse strands of events intersect, e.g.:

Ythrians exploring Avalon;
Ythrians on Avalon;
Ythrians on Avalon resisting the Empire;
an Avalonian Ythrian later spying for both Ythri and Empire.

A third strand is Merseian:

David Falkayn saves Merseia;
some Merseians join the Baburite space navy;
the Merseian Roidhunate grows;
the Roidhunate, threatening the Empire, is thwarted by spies like Flandry and the Avalonian Ythrian;
Dennitzan Merseians are loyal to the Empire, not to the Roidhunate.

Complicated - like real history.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Yes, the Polesotechnic League stories used to be separate from those featuring the Terran Empire. How might we have regarded those originally separate series if they had remained separate? It was only an impulsive accident, as Poul Anderson himself said, which caused him to throw in a mention of "Polesotechnarch" van Rijn in THE PLAGUE OF MASTERS, one of the Dominic Flandry stories.

Hmmm, one wonders if any of the Dennitzan Merseians enlisted in the Imperial navy and rose to high rank? We know some did in the Dennitzan home defense fleet.