Friday, 4 November 2016
Time In A Net
Holm and Ferune discuss human-Ythrian interaction on Avalon. Ferune comments:
"'...we don't catch time in any net.'" (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 462)
What does he mean? We cannot hold onto the past? We cannot control the course of events? This is an important reflection on life, whether human or Ythrian.
A later conversation refers not to the past but the future. Matthew Vickery, President of the Parliament of Man, says:
"'...Give you military your heads, and you'd build bases in the fourth dimension to protect us against an invasion from the future.'" (p. 490)
Ferune's reply is superb. He grabs hold of Vickery's metaphor and turns it the other way around:
"'We are always being invaded by the future...The next part of it to arrive will not be pleasant.'" (ibid.)
is an iconoclast;
reads Terran classics in three original languages for pleasure (I wish I could);
follows the human custom of serving wine to dinner guests;
is impatient of tradition, religion and conservatism;
endures minimal formalities from necessity;
belongs to a large, progressive, mechanized, prosperous choth;
is an example of an alien who learns from, then surpasses, humanity.