Tuesday, 10 July 2018
The End Of The Dancer From Atlantis
The Cleverest Kind Of Time Travel Story
They See Themselves
The attached cover image shows young and old Erissa.
A futurian time traveler asks:
"'If it were possible, would you want to lose your past? Out of it must come your tomorrows.'"
-Poul Anderson, The Dancer From Atlantis, CHAPTER TWENTY, p. 168.
The futurian refers to Reid's and Erissa's "past" immediately after the destruction of Atlantis. Thus the "tomorrows" include the adult life that Erissa already remembers and the years that are still to come.
The sentence, "Out of it must come your tomorrows...," expresses Andersonian optimism. It is impossible to "lose" our past. Even if we were to initiate a divergent timeline, then we would still remember and be influenced by our original timeline. But the twentieth century would have been better without World War I and all its consequences. My life would have been better with a different start. But then it would not have been my life.