Saturday, 7 September 2013
Poul Anderson's collection Dialogue With Darkness is aptly named because its concluding three stories are:
"Conversation in Arcady";
"Dialogue," about communication with the planet Arcadia;
"The Communicators" -
- but these are distinct stories.
In "Dialogue," a man and a woman eleven light years apart communicate tachyonically but want to meet physically. The man compares them to Heloise and Abelard, thus, for Anderson readers, evoking one of the Old Phoenix stories. "Dialogue" becomes an extended discussion of the problems of interstellar communication and contact, all because of this one couple.
And I have not finished reading it so I do not yet know how their problem is resolved.