Friday, 9 September 2016
A writer can also contradict his own premise. It turns out that the real purpose of the Patrol would still have been to hold time to a single course even if there had been no danger of other time travelers changing history. How the Nantucket trilogy pans out remains to be seen at least by this reader.
Stirling's premise of a slave-owning society prospering and becoming powerful precludes the early overthrow of such a society, plausible though such an overthrow would have been. Stirling fearlessly follows his premise all the way to world domination by the Draka although he does allow other human beings to remain free off Earth and in alternative universes - which gives us a link to the premise of the Nantucket trilogy.