Tuesday, 9 February 2016
An Alternative Ecology
SM Stirling, Conquistador (New York, 2004), Chapter Twelve.
Before the Gate, 300,000 Indians hunted every day for food, also consumed a lot of the plant life and burned millions of acres every year.
After the Gate, 200,000 New Virginians, living mostly around the bay, hunted occasionally for fun but ate food from farms in a few valleys.
Consequently, life swarms. Crossing the Strait, Tom sees:
ospreys catching fish;
three types of grebe;
And there are Rolfe imports:
The pre-Columbian Americas had a lot of vacant ecological niches after the Pleistocene extinctions.