Saturday, 19 November 2016
Unsanitary Conditions And A Long List
-copied from here.
I was reminded of this James Blish story when reading SM Stirling's account of the unsanitary conditions in ancient Babylon:
"The street was narrow... An irregular trickle of sewage ran down the middle..." (On The Oceans Of Eternity, pp. 116-117)
Blish imagined a society in which such conditions exist not through ignorance but as a deliberate policy of population control.
We compare Stirling with Poul Anderson because Stirling has perfected alternative histories which were one of Anderson's many sf sub-genres. For comparisons of Blish with Anderson, see:
Flandry And Blish
Two Masters Of All The Genres
The Other Blog About A Single SF Writer
Anderson And Blish
Past And Future
Some More Comparisons
Comparisons With James Blish
Aliens And Gods II
Why Empires III
Origins Of Science
Everything Is Connected
Two Unaging Men
Cadet Loftus And Ensign Flandry
The Devil Speaks II
Gods Dead Or Withdrawn?
Galactic SF II
Judgment And Doomsday II
Thermonuclear Warfare And James Blish
- or just search the blog for "James Blish" because this list is becoming too long.