Thursday, 4 February 2016

Smuggling Between Universes

SM Stirling, Conquistador (New York, 2004).

Although I am reverting from Poul Anderson's Old Phoenix to SM Stirling's New Virginia, this feels like a continuation of the same discussion about parallel universes.

Some New Virginians have smuggled rare species from their Earth to FirstSide. The FirstSider authorities have found a caged condor that is not related to any of the few known birds of its species and that seems to have lived until now in an entirely unpolluted environment. Prima facie evidence for time travel or cross-time travel. How do the New Virginians plan to cover their tracks? They will release a score more New Virginian condors in an isolated area of FirstSide, thus generating the impression that there has been a small unknown and uncontaminated condor population all along.

Does this work? I can't remember but I am rereading the novel now.

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