Sunday, 7 February 2016
This blog is currently juggling three cross-time interactions:
The Domination and Ingolfsson Incursion timelines;
the FirstSide and New Virginia timelines;
the Old Phoenix.
On p. 1 of The Domination, the Earth of the Ingolfsson Incursion timeline is designated "Earth/2B." Why not just "Earth/2"? Has there been some further temporal divergence?
Our NYPD detective has become:
"The richest man in the world..." (ibid.)
We are not told whether his girl friend is still around.
IngolfTech, now controlled by homo sapiens, has revolutionized Earth and the Solar System and has joined with Sony to launch an interstellar probe by 2014.
Henry Carmaggio speaks to a Japanese researcher called Nomura Takashi. Is this an echo of Tom Nomura in Poul Anderson's Time Patrol? Stirling's Nomura thinks that the Master Race is "'...a fatuous concept!'" (p. 3) and that:
"'Surely any culture possessed by a concept so illogical would be defeated, as the Nazis were.'" (ibid.)
I agree. However:
Henry warns Nomura not to generalize from too small a sample;
Stirling precisely invites us to imagine such a culture succeeding.