Sunday, 9 June 2013
The Young Flandry Trilogy is an extended prologue. In Ensign Flandry, (1966) Flandry, when in the company of a xenosophont called a "Tigery," uses the phrase "'...a Tigery by the tail!'" Here, Anderson clearly deliberately echoes that earlier written title. In A Circus Of Hells, (1970) he "...smiled like a tiger." Probably another deliberate echo. I am currently rereading The Rebel Worlds, (1969) looking out for tiger comparisons.
In The Rebel Worlds, Flandry is summoned before Vice Admiral Kheraskov - like Bond summoned before Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, commonly called M. Kheraskov is:
"...the master of perhaps a million agents through the Empire and beyond." (The Rebel Worlds, London, 1973, p. 17)
Just think of it.
Flandry has changed his face for the first and only time so that, in any screen adaptations, a different actor would have to be used from this installment onwards.
Files had given Kheraskov reels on a dozen agents qualified for this job. We would like to read novels based on the other reels just as we would like to know about 008 or 009.
This next subject is probably of interest to none but me but so be it. Latest thinking on how best to package and present the History of Technic Civilization:
three boxed sets -
LEAGUE AND EMPIRE
The Rise Of The Polesotechnic League
The Decline Of The Polesotechnic League
The Rise Of The Terran Empire
FLANDRY AND EMPIRE
Outposts Of Empire
EMPIRE AND AFTER
Children Of Empire
After The Empire
We wish there were more not only after the AFTER but also before and between.