Saturday, 24 June 2017
Behind The Scenes of History
news media reporting current affairs;
analyses of global economic and political power structures;
conspiracist claims that a single secret clique completely controls everything from the Presidency and the Papacy to Planned Parenthood;
works of fiction that fantastically reflect reality by creatively adapting conspiracist ideas.
In how many works by Poul Anderson do aliens or time travellers secretly manipulate society for their own ends?
There are at least three groups of aliens;
Wardens and Rangers wage their war through time;
how often does the Time Patrol not only guard but guide and even cause events in its timeline?
For comparison, in Marvel Comics The Ultimates Volume 2, Nick Fury briefs the members of his US Superhuman Defense Initiative that:
there are at least eleven alien species on Earth;
the Chitauri arrived in 1777 and have been responsible for several acts of genocide, including World War II;
eleven feet tall and reptilian, they can assume human form;
they caused Naziism and the rise of Hitler;
their Japanese training camps were destroyed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki;
they were believed annihilated on Earth but a fresh corpse was found in a river near Calcutta and there have been more sightings since;
in New York, five hundred and twenty eight sleeper agents organized mind-control drugs in the water supply and infiltration of the national media;
they are planning global annihilation from a base in Micronesia.
None of this is true but:
the world really is this dangerous;
the fantastic fiction has some elements of plausibility - the Chitauri have not been here forever, do not control everything and can be pushed back.