Wednesday, 26 June 2013
The Purposes Of The Flandry Series
to convey the endless variety and wonder of the universe;
to provoke thought about history and politics.
(Flandry's Legacy, New York, 2012, p. 191)
The purpose of this blog is convey that the series succeeds admirably in all three of its purposes. In fact, Anderson's precise wording for his third purpose is "...to provoke a little thought..." In this, he over-succeeds.
The purpose of this "...coda to the biography of Dominic Flandry..." (ibid.) is to show a new generation taking over the saga, although Anderson did not expect to write a series about this new generation comprising Flandry's daughter and her companions. There was "...too much else to write about."
The Introduction goes on to present some interesting scientific background details about "...Daedalus, the world without a horizon..." (p. 216). Finally, the book is a homage to Rudyard Kipling. Anderson hopes that the first and the final sentence:
"She sat on the tower of St Barbara, kicking her heels from the parapet, and looked across immensity." (p. 195)
"He crossed his hands on his forelegs and smiled, as a being may who is winning salvation for himself and his beloved." (p. 453)
- will raise a few smiles. But, because I am very ignorant of Kipling, I hope that some reader of this blog will be able to elucidate these references?