Sunday, 22 April 2012

Inconsistencies II

Inconsistencies are either within a series or between a series and its attempted chronologisation. Nicholas van Rijn says he was born too late to attend the Council of Hiawatha. (1) The passage summarising the Council ends:

"But when a century had passed -" (2)

This implies that van Rijn discussed the Council a century after it. The Chronology of Technic Civilization tells us that:

van Rijn was born in 2376;
the Council met in 2400;
the crisis that caused van Rijn to discuss the Council occurred in 2456. (3)

Thus again (see here) the text of a future history implies a longer period of time than the accompanying chronology.

(1) Poul Anderson, Mirkheim, London, 1978, p. 103.
(2) ibid., p. 107.
(3) Poul Anderson, A Stone In Heaven, New York, 1979, pp. 252-253

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