Saturday, 17 June 2017
(i) in Charles Harness' The Paradox Men, only the point of a rapier can penetrate a personal force field;
(ii) in Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization, precisely because the Terran Imperials are decadent, they affect the archaism of scientific fencing - useful when fighting a telepath because he cannot anticipate his adversary's reflexes;
(iii) in SM Stirling's Emberverse, advanced technology, including even gunpowder, no longer works so -
the survivors have a lot to fight about;
they must relearn the use of swords, spears, lances and bows and arrows.
In fact, Stirling's characters really develop their archery. Where else do we see revived archery?:
in one James Bond short story;
every superhero universe has to have an amphibian, a speedster and an archer - Marvel has Hawkeye and DC has Green Arrow.