Thursday, 12 September 2013
the historical past;
an alternative present;
an alternative recent past "emulated" by a far future post-human AI!
Yet again, Anderson seems to cover every possibility, in this case:
past, present and future;
medieval and modern pasts;
three timelines, one "emulated," i. e., consciously simulated.
Also, York is one of many great cities, from Ys and Roma Mater to Archopolis and the Merseian capital, Ardaig.
In present day York, we ate in a pub and walked on the wall. My daughter and granddaughter saw Mithras and other gods in the Museum. I meditated in the Minster, saw the statue of Constantine - proclaimed Emperor in York in 306 - then drank coffee and read Poul Anderson in Ye (pronounced "The") Old Starre Inne, where coaches changed horses from as early as 1644.
Regular readers will know the importance not only of York but also of the Roman Empire and of Mithras in Anderson's works.