Sunday, 2 April 2017
Future History Parallels
"...the Bureaucratic State...allowed the now large numbers of Okie cities to develop in effectual anarchy, a condition very well suited to their proliferation of trade routes throughout the known and unknown galaxy."
-James Blish, The Triumph Of Time IN Blish, Cities In Flight (London, 1981), pp. 467-596 AT p. 470.
Blish does not use the phrase "known space" but it is there in embryo. The Okies sound like Anderson's Polesotechnic League.
Blish's Alois Hrunta defeats the Vegans and declares himself Emperor of Space whereas Anderson's Manuel Argos defeats the Gorzuni and declares himself Emperor of Terra. However, the Bureaucratic State suppresses the Hruntan Empire whereas the Solar Commonwealth had collapsed before the founding of the Terran Empire.
Blish's post-Okie New Earthmen, kept alive for centuries by antiagathics, survive until the unexpectedly early end of this universe whereas some of Anderson's characters, in an independent novel, survive beyond the end of this universe by time dilation.