Tuesday, 15 October 2013
"[The Humanist movement] was made the more dangerous by the general availability of superdielectrics, accumulators of fantastic capacity which could be charged from almost anything; cheap, simple energy sources for vehicles and weapons.
"The balance of military power was shifting away from central government and toward the small, fanatic group. It was no longer possible to enforce order." (p. 50)
Does this make sense? Yes, cheap energy sources fit with the kind of technological advances that are made in the series. And there has to be some explanation of how a popular movement was able to start an armed revolution.
superdielectrics should be mentioned as part of the background of later stories;
I have argued that, in the social conditions described, small fanatic groups would not be able to attract mass support;
the armed forces, also using the new enemy sources, would outnumber and outmanoeuvre any small groups.