Friday, 6 April 2018
A Small Change And A Big Difference
-Poul Anderson, The Game Of Empire IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 189-453 AT CHAPTER EiGHTEEN, p. 394.
Not for the first time, we find Time-Patrol-type talk in the Technic History. Flandry does hope that this informal, off-the-record conversation with Olaf Magnusson will make a big difference to the outcome of the current civil war but not in any way that he discloses to Magnusson. However, on this occasion, Flandry's efforts are stymied.
Meanwhile, however, another small event, Targovi's exploration of the island of Zacaharia, will make a very big difference by establishing proof of Magnusson's loyalty to Merseia. If there is any equivalent of the Time Patrol in the Technic History, then that organization will focus its efforts on ensuring Targovi's success.