Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tomorrow II

I have speculated about a multi-period series somewhere else but let's go through it again. Works by Poul Anderson could easily have been adapted in this direction:

(i) a heroic fantasy series set in a prehistoric, even mythical, past;
(ii) a historical fiction series;
(iii) a contemporary fiction series;
(iv) a future history series, covering multiple periods;
(v) a time travel series linking (i)-(iv).

Some characters in the historical and contemporary series would turn out to have been time travellers.

To preserve the realism of (ii)-(v), their references to (i) would have to be ambiguous or tangential. But it could be done.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And I remember how INTERESTED I was by Anderson's THE DEVIL'S GAME (1980), because it was one of his very rare works set in then CONTEMPORARY times. Aside, of course, from his Trygve Yamamura novels and stories (plus the 20th century sections of THE BOAT OF A MILLION YEARS). These examples I listed shows Anderson COULD write "contemporary" stories when he wished to do so. And far better than many mainstream writers!