Friday, 3 March 2017
What Is Truth?
Is it true that humanity will evolve into Danellians? Yes, within the fiction of Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series. No, within his History of Technic Civilization. In that History, the Terran Empire is declining - as has every previous Terrestrial civilization. Thus, we recognize truth and fiction side by side within works of fiction.
In SM Stirling's The Protector's War, it is said that, by 2006, Charles III has become eccentric. I am sure that Stirling knows that some people say this of Prince Charles. In 2006, Charles' two sons from before the Change have survived - as have his three more by Queen Hallgerda. Here we see historical truth and fictional "truth" parting company.