Thursday, 13 April 2017
"The hammer of the huge Lambegs massed behind them was soul-shattering, which had been precisely the intent of her ancestors, when they made them echo over moors and down the glens; to break the heart of an enemy..."
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Seventeen, p. 451.
Musical instruments as weapons: I never thought of them like that.
Juniper says something that brings home how close alternative realities are to the here and now:
"She nodded towards the leaping figures and their painted, snarling faces. '...if the Change hadn't happened, they'd be thinking about the senior prom, or what courses to take next semester, or a new fad diet to shed a few pounds, and watching TV ads for mouthwash and personal computers...they'd be entirely different people, not even looking very similar.'" (p. 452)
But that is us, or some of us, those that survived. How close to actuality is that probability?
Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis. Times change and we change with them. That saying refers to social change over years and decades in linear time. However, time travel and divergent timelines give "Tempora mutantur" another dimension of meaning.
There is another nuance. "'Let's not discuss the Change...'" has become "...a proverb for 'utter waste of time.'" (Chapter Sixteen, p. 435)
It is the premise of the series so it must be accepted! - at least until there is maybe some explanation in a later volume. There is another novel in which the title becomes a proverb. When HG Wells' Sleeper wakes, he hears himself mentioned on television: "When the Sleeper wakes..." has come to mean "Never."