Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Different Kinds Of Alternative Histories
the Old Phoenix passages in A Midsummer Tempest
Three Hearts And Three Lions
I have reached only p. 45 of 156 in Three Hearts...
We have segued from Valeria Matuchek's lunar journey to Holger Carlsen's Carolingian journey via the Old Phoenix. After this, there might be a first reading of SM Stirling's Against The Tide Of Years. Another alternative history novel, except that these are entirely different kinds of alternative history:
suppose a historical event had occurred differently;
suppose time travelers had been able to change the course of events;
suppose a particular mythology, e.g., Carolingian, were literally true.
Stirling's novels address the first two suppositions whereas Anderson's address the third. This is all high quality imaginative fiction but also in very different fictional categories.