Friday, 13 April 2018
Deaths In Fiction
An author can:
not recount, or skip past, a character's death;
retcon brothers, sisters, sons, daughters etc;
in some circumstances, undo a death, e.g., Doyle with Holmes, Fleming with Bond.
We are alive at some times but not at others. This is true of everyone but most evident with time travelers. Anderson's Manse Everard visits 2319. Despite Time Patrolmen's indefinitely prolonged lifespans, he is probably dead in that year - except when he visits it. As Alba says in Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife (quoting from memory), "'My Daddy's a time traveler. He's not dead all the time.'"