Friday, 7 October 2016
Mythical References In Hard SF
-Poul Anderson, Captain Flandry: Defender Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2010), p. 318.
-copied from here.
Ilion is Troy. Thus, Flandry refers to Homer's Iliad. But we know that Poul Anderson adapted Northern European myths into heroic fantasies, historical novels and historical sf and their language also influences Flandry's thinking. Emperor Hans:
"...either appalled Manuel Argos or won a grudging approval, in whatever hypothetical hell or Valhalla the Founder dwelt." (Sir Dominic Flandry, p. 380)
Hell or Valhalla: Biblical or Eddaic!
Flandry reflects that he himself has had:
"A career that was, well, interesting, but for whose gold he had paid the Nibelung's price." (Flandry's Legacy, p. 175)
When he enters combat that he expects to be his last, he thinks:
"Hai, what a ride! Here comes the Wild Huntsman!" (p. 179)
I think that Flandry also refers to the Norns...?
Addendum: On second thoughts, it is probably Everard.