Sunday, 16 October 2016
Living In The Future II
In Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization, James Ching tells us what it is like to live on Earth in the Solar Commonwealth in the time of the Polesotechnic League. Jim appears in just one story although we are assured that he has a future in space and Hloch imparts some minimal information about his later career.
Jim introduces the League and also Adzel who will be a continuing character. Maybe it would have been harder for Anderson to write a story from Adzel's pov? Also, what mattered for story purposes was how Adzel appeared to human beings, not only to Jim but also crucially to Jim's counselor who must be persuaded that a large reptilian quadruped can contribute to the, somewhat xenophobic, Festival of Man!