Saturday, 10 September 2016
History And Dreams
In Volume I of SM Stirling's Nantucket trilogy, the time travelers rescue Swindapa from the Aryan invaders. In Volume II, she has a nightmare that they didn't. Alston reflects:
"Presumably in the original history - if "original" meant anything - Swindapa had died among the Iraiina. Her whole people had vanished, overrun and swallowed up." (Against The Tide Of Years, p. 32)
Swindapa is of the generation whose lives are changed by the Event. Soon, subsequent generations will be different people born into a different history. Does Swindapa's nightmare remind us of anything? In Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers, some women psychics have accurate visions of alternative timelines. Could Swindapa's dreams be a hint of that?