Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Three Temporal Dimensions
However, Anderson introduces another temporal direction. His later future histories present not more parallels but a progressive examination of different kinds of future history:
if current civilization is destroyed by nuclear war, then a successor civilization might for a long time ban any technologies that would lead to a resumption of space travel;
if there is no faster than light drive, then interstellar colonization and trade, without any imperialism over such long distances, must occur at relativistic speeds;
and what if the other intelligences encountered by human beings are not alien but artificial?
Anderson present two parallels in his first two future histories but then transcends the parallels by soaring upwards in a different direction.