Saturday, 5 August 2017
A Four-Stage Conceptual Sequence
(ii) In Bring The Jubilee by Ward Moore, a time travelling historian trying to verify the accepted account of the Battle of Gettysburg does attract attention, thereby unintentionally changing the course and outcome of the battle.
(iii) In "Delenda Est" by Poul Anderson, two time travellers deliberately change the outcome of the Battle of Ticinus.
(iv) In The Shield Of Time by Poul Anderson, a random quantum fluctuation in space-time-energy changes the outcome of the Battle of Regnano.
For Ticinus and Regnano, see Battlefields.
Four historical battles: sf is not just about the future.
These four works could almost have been written in sequence. Sf writers tackle every aspect of a question.
The sequence begins with Wells, involves one other author and culminates in two works by Anderson.
The two works by Anderson are two instalments of his Time Patrol series.