Monday, 3 October 2016
Poul Anderson retells the stories of Hrolf Kraki and of Hadding as heroic fantasies;
Anderson also presents the original of Odin in a historical novel and the original of Theseus in a historical science fiction novel;
in SM Stirling's alternative history novel, Against The Tide Of Years (New York, 1999), we read -
"'Alaksandrus son of Pirusia is a hothead - no better than a pirate, carrying off plunder and women from foreign parts.'
"That fits the legend too, Ian thought. And three thousand years from now a younger Ian Arnstein would read Homer's immortal words, and now -" (Chapter Twenty-Six, p. 416)
Having already realized who Alaksandrus is, we get Ian's point.
The Re-Created Characters
historical fiction with elements of fantasy
historical science fiction
alternative history fiction
I could conclude with "Pretty smart stuff!" but I have said that too often before.