Saturday, 17 June 2017
Historical Novels in A Future History
The Man Who Counts/War Of The Wing Men;
How many historical novels featuring van Rijn are there in Technic Civilization? Hloch tells us that there are several. The Man Who Counts is on both lists. Hloch includes this text in The Earth Book Of Stormgate because:
van Rijn is more central in it than in any of the others;
it recounts events that had consequences for Falkayn's home planet;
winged Diomedeans are of interest to winged Ythrians.
Of the three novels listed, this one is about van Rijn whereas the others are about van Rijn and his trader team.
Think of events that you have been involved in, then imagine that they are to be filmed. The actors would not look like the original people. The dialogue would be fictional. The sequence of events would be simplified. The film would probably not be shot in the original locations. CS Lewis' family made all these obervations about Shadowlands but added that it was true, i.e., authentic. I am sure that, in this sense, Poul Anderson has written true accounts of Nicholas van Rijn even if we imagine that the real events differed in many details.