Saturday, 1 June 2013
Hordian Theory And The Technic History
(ii) Nicholas van Rijn lives during a breakdown. Thus, his still brilliant society is running on momentum, not on initial impulse. This is shown in a sort of concluding trilogy: Satan's World, "Lodestar" and Mirkheim.
(iii) The People Of The Wind is set in the principate phase of the Terran Empire.
(iv) Dominic Flandry lives in the interregnum between the principate and dominate phases of the Empire. Thus:
in his youth, he upholds legitimacy in government;
but later he can only support the least bad war lord and try to make the period less oppressive than it would have been without his input;
viewing Flandry's career from this, Hordian, perspective, Anderson wrote A Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows.
(v) The Long Night, shown in "A Tragedy of Errors," is a dark age.
(vi) "Starfog" might show a new beginning based on freedom and breaking the cycle.