Saturday, 9 November 2013
Continuing Characters In Future Histories?
I think that a spaceship captain named in the early interplanetary period should have been retrospectively recognizable as an earlier alias of Woodrow Wilson Smith/Lazarus Long but that did not happen. Some characters achieve historical status by appearing in only one story: Dahlquist; Rhysling; Long. Another, Scudder, does not appear in any of the stories.
Anderson's Psychotechnic History follows Heinlein's model:
Fourre appears twice and becomes a historical figure referred to later;
Trevelyan Micah appears twice;
in both cases, as with Heinlein's Harriman, the story set earlier was written later - the author filled in the character's earlier history.
In Anderson's Technic History, the situation is reversed. A casual reader might think that this future history is merely two series about individual characters, van Rijn and Flandry, although there is in fact far more to it than that.