Thursday, 6 October 2016
Mysterious transportation to a remote past.
The travelers meet the originals of legendary figures.
Anderson: Atlantis; Stirling: Troy.
Stirling transports an island and its population, not just a few individuals.
Stirling's characters initiate a divergent timeline; Anderson's don't.
Anderson explains the mysterious transportation whereas Stirling doesn't (I don't think).
It is intriguing when characters speculate about what has until now been an unexplained premise. ERB's John Carter once wonders whether he is the materialization of a long dead warrior. One of Stirling's Nantucketers wonders whether the Island and its inhabitants were duplicated in the past while the originals remained in the twentieth century! Genius! This is why we read sf.