Monday, 17 July 2017
The Gods Of Time
Gods appear in "The Gods of Time" because Time Patrol members adopt such roles whereas the Virgin Mary appeared in an earlier Emberverse novel because that series is set within a "many mansions" polytheology.
The Time Patrol is historical science fiction whereas the Emberverse is perhaps an fsf mix like CS Lewis' Ransom Trilogy, i.e., sf with supernatural elements. Lewis has pagan gods subordinate to the Christian God whereas, in the Emberverse, the deities live in different mansions.
In "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth":
"It was the gods carved on the pillars that seemed to move amidst unrestful shadows..." (Time Patrol, 372, p. 334)