Sunday, 1 April 2018
Two Time Patrol-Technic History Parallels
"'I think most human misery is due to well-meaning fanatics like him.'"
-Poul Anderson, "Time Patrol" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2010), pp. 1-53 AT 5, p. 42.
I disagree with "most."
Dominic Flandry says that, if the would-be usurper, Cairncross, is killed:
"'...the temptation would be very great for an officer of his to take over the dukedom and carry on the project. That could well be from idealism; they're surely dedicated men...Idealism has killed a lot of people throughout history.'"
-Poul Anderson, A Stone In Heaven IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 1-188 AT XIII, p. 169.
Flandry says a lot, not most.
"'Has the universe therefore brought forth sentience, in order to protect and give purpose to its own existence?'"
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), Part Six, p. 435.
"If sentience did not abate the accidents of a blind universe, what meaning had sentience itself?"
-A Stone In Heaven, XII,p. 161.
Big questions transcend timelines.