Thursday, 12 July 2012
Colorful Fictions Continued
When comparing an Anderson character to a Green Lantern, it is appropriate also to mention Larry Niven, like Anderson an American sf writer, future historian and successor of Robert Heinlein.
The Joker from the DCU makes a guest appearance in Larry Niven's Known Space future history (although, when I first read Known Space, I had not yet got back into reading comics so I missed this explicit reference);
Niven wrote an article on Superman and plotted a Green Lantern story;
Niven's psychic detective and protectors have features of superheroes.
Either this cover or another GL crowd scene features a Puppeteer GL. GL's are fearless whereas Niven's Known Space aliens the Puppeteers are cowardly unless insane so a Puppeteer GL must be mad indeed.
See "Comics And Science Fiction" on www.sciencefiction.blogspot.co.uk