Monday, 15 May 2017
Across The Genres And Timelines
"The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" by Poul Anderson is historical science fiction and its central character, Carl Farness, is mistaken for Odin.
Thus, The Golden Slave and "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" could occur in earlier and later periods of a single timeline.
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson is heroic fantasy and its characters include the god, Odin.
Thus, The Broken Sword could occur in a second timeline accesible from Anderson's inter-universal inn, the Old Phoenix.
World Without Stars by Poul Anderson is futuristic sf and its central character, Hugh Valland, refers to Thor who, we know, is a son of Odin.
However, the future of World Without Stars differs from the one described in the timeline of "The Sorrow..."
Therefore, World Without Stars is set in a third timeline.
one composite genre;
at least three timelines.
However, this in no way exhausts either Anderson's genres or his timelines, although all might be incorporated into a single multiverse.
Addendum: And, of course, Tjorr, original of Thor, was Eodan's companion. It is very difficult to remember all the connections.
And the god, Thor, wields his hammer in the heroic fantasy, War Of The Gods.