Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Chains Of Association
(i) Sean Brooks posted me a number of items, including an Analog review of Poul Anderson's Orion Shall Rise;
(ii) the review describes Anderson's Maurai series as a handful of short stories followed by a novel;
(iii) this made me look at Anderson's Ythrian stories in a similar light;
(iv) therefore, I reread and posted about some passages in The Earth Book Of Stormgate.
Let us consider the Maurai History. It is an amazing trilogy incorporating an original shorter trilogy:
three Maurai short stories, enough for a single volume;
Orion Shall Rise;
There Will Be Time. (see here.)
(James Blish's Cities In Flight is an amazing tetralogy incorporating an original shorter tetralogy. In each case, the premise can be stated in one sentence - Anderson: after a nuclear war, civilization is rebuilt with alternative energy sources in the Southern Hemisphere; Blish: antigravity enables cities to fly between stars faster than light.)
Anderson did not connect his major future history, the History of Technic Civilization, with his major time travel series, the Time Patrol, but did connect his minor future history of the Maurai with his short time travel novel, There Will Be Time. As I keep saying, he seems to have addressed every possibility.