Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Ensign Flandry III
Later, exhausted, he thinks, "To sleep...to sleep, perchance to dream..." (p. 206)
Anderson devises clever ruses by which Flandry, a prisoner, forbidden to act, nevertheless manages to travel on one of the ships that explores the mystery surrounding Starkad and to monitor events as the fleet engages Merseians.
Yet again, Anderson recognizes that grass as we know it will not grow on another planet but something like it might:
"...a meadow of long silvery quasigrass." (p. 211)
It is a pity that Max Abrams does not reappear in the series (although his daughter does meet Flandry a long time later). Abrams is Flandry's mentor and, like Martin Schuster, Falkayn's first boss, represents yet another of the great Terrestrial religions, Judaism.
Ridenour re-appears although merely as an externally observed character. He is curt with Flandry but that is because he is busy on a doomed planet. It is good that he re-appears later in the series and then as a view point character.
When Flandry tells the Starkadian Dragoika that her planet is doomed, he learns something:
"He had not known she could weep." (p. 207)
But she also appears later in the series and has a son who joins Flandry's profession.
It occurs to me that Flandry's conversation with Miriam Abrams includes some elaboration of Chunderban Desai's theory about historical cycles so I will check on that next.