Saturday, 8 September 2012

Operation Luna

In Poul Anderson's Operation Luna, Valeria Matuchek is fourteen so eleven years have elapsed since Operation Chaos. We learn some differences between our timeline and theirs.

In our timeline:

James Joyce wrote Ulysses;
Ford and Jaguar manufacture motor cars;
after World War II against Germany, rocket designer Werner von Braun went to the US and later worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
astronauts/cosmonauts are mostly men;
Apollo was the NASA Project to land a man on the Moon which is uninhabited;
President Kennedy said, "I am a Berliner," in German.

In the Operation... timeline:

James Joyce wrote Odysseus;
Ford and Jaguar manufacture flying broomsticks with windfields and comfortable seats;
after World War II against the Caliphate, flying bronze horse designer Haris ed-Din al-Bunni went to the US and later worked for the National Astral Spellcraft Administration;
celestonauts are mostly women;
Selene is the NASA Project to land a woman on the Moon which is known to be haunted;
President Lambert said, "I am a Rio do Janeiran," in Spanish.

I have reread to page 17 of 438 so there should be plenty more comments to make about the second Operation... volume.

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