Sunday, 30 July 2017
"Certain Death Unless Everything Went Right"
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter Fourteen, p. 413.
The Rangers' Mormon allies wearing enemy uniforms emerge from a warehouse and march through the enemy capital with wagons concealing the Rangers. They are on a rescue mission. How likely would they be to succeed if this were real life? Fiction, to be realistic, has to show some failures. I am reminded of Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry and his fiancee, Kossara, concealed among Merseians marching on the Dennitzan Parliament - where Kossara will be killed in an attempted coup...