Thursday, 20 July 2017
Literary And Conceptual Sequels
I think that there are also "conceptual sequels," e.g.:
Olaf Stapledon's Last And First Men is a conceptual sequel to four works by Wells because it does different things with the Wellsian concepts of space travel, time travel, Martian invasion and future history;
CS Lewis' Ransom Trilogy and unfinished Ransom novel are Christian replies to those same four works;
Anderson's Time Patrol series is a conceptual sequel to one of those works because -
timecycles replace the Time Machine;
human evolution into Danellians replaces human devolution into Morlocks and Eloi;
Anderson systematically addresses those "curious possibilities of anachronism and of utter confusion" at which Wells merely hints.
All literature is a single long sequence from ancient epics to modern novels, from the gods of Gilgamesh to the post-organic intelligences of Anderson's Genesis.