Friday, 7 October 2016

Meanwhile...And Later

In a fictional universe (or multiverse), we want to know not only what happens to a group of characters over time but also what happens to other groups of characters at the same time and also what are the later consequences of earlier events. Therefore, we are pleased when:

we are told that stories overlap in the Technic History;
characters in other stories refer to van Rijn;
van Rijn himself appears in a fantasy series;
we infer that the Kirkasanters are descendants of the Aenean exiles;
time travelers visit the Maurai History;
Lir sinks Ys, then later Mananaan Mac Lir helps Skafloc who sees the sunken tower of Ys.

According to the blurb for SM Stirling's The Sword Of The Lady, a man seeking the source of the Change comes to:

"...Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time."

Thus, a welcome later consequence of the Event in the Nantucket Trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And I hope you enjoy reading DIES THE FIRE, the first volume of Stirling's "Emberverse" series. And I very recently finished the latest volume, PRINCE OF OUTCASTS.

    My chief complaint with both the Emberverse and Nantucket series is the common and implausible use of women as soldiers. Considering how much strength and stamina you need for military work, I just didn't believe it would be plausible to have more than a few, rare exceptions like Marian Alston being soldiers. I simply don't believe one third or one fifth of an army can be composed of the top ten percent of female athletes capable of handling the most rigorous, physically demanding military drill and route marching, etc.

    Stirling could just barely make me suspend my disbelief on this point in his Draka books. But only because he had Draka women training, practicing, studying, and drilling in the military and martial arts from age seven. And in THE STONE DOGS we see the Draka manipulating genes to make this easier for both males and females.

    Sean

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