Saturday, 5 August 2017

Ten Authors

Twain: "transposition of epochs" to the far past.
Wells: time travel to the far future.
Heinlein: circular causality in the near and far futures.
Harrison and Powers: circular causality in historical periods.
Matheson and Niffeneger: circular causality in the characters' lifetimes.
De Camp and Moore: causality violation in historical periods.
Anderson: both causality paradoxes in many future and historical periods; circular causality in Jack Havig's lifetime.

Whichever way I look at time travel, I find Poul Anderson incorporating and transcending the achievements of other authors.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Aside from Poul Anderson's time traveling novels and stories, I like best L. Sprague De Camp's LEST DARKNESS FALL and "The Wheels Of If."