Wednesday, 3 May 2017
The Fates Of Fictional Villains
The Technic History
Aycharaych is presumed killed in the bombardment of his home planet and, even if he did not die then, that bombardment destroyed his motivation for opposing the Terran Empire. A return of Aycharaych would have been interesting and is even hinted at but Anderson stopped writing the Technic History in favor of other speculative works.
The Time Patrol
Merau Varagan is imprisoned on the presumably escape-proof exile planet where we imagine that he will have access neither to spacecraft nor to time machines. Again, Anderson wanted to write something other than a mere return of a recurring villain. Most Time Patrol stories do not feature a villain and, in any case, after Varagan, Everard must face:
other Exaltationists led by Varagan's female clone-mate, Raor;
a different kind of threat from an unwitting personal causal nexus.
Raor inherits the name of a spear-carrying character in an earlier Varagan story. Never waste a detail.