Sunday, 1 April 2018
A Hundred Thousand Worlds
A few more two-word sentences:
"All did." (VIII, p. 107)
"Yewwl dismounted." (p. 112)
"Flandry admired." (IX, p. 129)
"Cairncross scowled." (X, p. 133)
An early pulp space opera story by Poul Anderson was "Lord of a Thousand Suns." Cairncross aims:
"...to make himself lord of a hundred thousand worlds." (p. 133)
- but, in the latter case, Anderson conveys a sense of the Terran Empire and its member planets as substantial societies with diverse histories, economies and cultures.
We last see Cairncross thinking:
"Civilization was deathly ill; the rot had reached the heart. Nothing could save it but radical surgery." (p. 135)
But, if every local ruler is free to think thus and act accordingly, then civilization is finished.