Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Continuing To Reread The Technic History
As I said in a recent post, it is less like following a narrative to its end than like opening a window onto an alternative reality, where even small details can be of interest. I will continue to do this for some time although maybe not at the same pace as recently. As I mention now and again, other activities, like meditation, keeping fit, learning Latin, some political campaigning and driving family members to places of interest, require attention.
I expect to finish rereading Ensign Flandry, then maybe the other two Young Flandry novels, the short story "Outpost of Empire" and one or two of what I call the three "Children of Empire" novels. Anderson shows us the entire career of Dominic Flandry, far more so that he does for either van Rijn or Falkayn, and I also prefer Flandry as a character. He is more believable than van Rijn and I am more in tune with someone whose work is for the good of society as a whole rather than to accumulate wealth - Falkayn eventually tells van Rijn that he does not need to accumulate any more! Of course, Anderson makes the point that the League, in its early days, opens up space and spreads an interstellar Pax - for a while. A Young Van Rijn Trilogy would have been of considerable interest but Anderson could not possibly write all the potential stories in the History.
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