Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Legend And Myth
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2016), Chapter Seven, p. 184 -
- a process shown in a film where Sean Connery plays Robin Hood and in another where Liam Neeson plays Rob Roy.
In Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization, Nicholas van Rijn becomes a legend in his own lifetime although legends take longer to spread over interstellar distances. Van Rijn's protege, David Falkayn, is warned:
"'Maybe you imagine being famous will protect you. Well, forget that. You're a long ways off into a territory that doesn't care a good goddam about your reputation.'"
-Poul Anderson, Rise Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2011), p. 99.
Centuries later, Hloch writes in The Earth Book Of Stormgate:
"[Falkayn's] biographies tell how he became a protege of Nicholas van Rijn, but say little about that merchant lord. You may well be surprised to learn that on numerous other worlds, it is the latter who lives in folk memory, whether as hero or rogue."
-Poul Anderson, The Van Rijn Method (New York, 2009), p. 136.
More centuries later, Dominic Flandry tells a tale of van Rijn. But I have argued before that Falkayn's achievements are greater than those of either van Rijn or Flandry.