Friday, 21 February 2014
Beginning And Ending
"'The work is, you understand, somewhat unusual,'" said Mr Gordon (p. 1).
"'Let's go,' Everard said, and led them away." (p. 765)
(The men whom he is leading are carrying "plunder", as if they belonged to a much earlier era, but there is a good reason for this at the time.)
These are the opening and concluding sentences of the Time Patrol series. What a long way we have come. We want to know what happens to Everard, and Wanda, next. They have caught the last Exaltationist and have learned the meaning of the Patrol but there are still Neldorians at large and the Patrol never has a dearth of problems even without temporal criminals.
However, we are grateful that Anderson wrote so much more after the original four-story series. At one stage, I knew of The Guardians Of Time and Time Patrolman but inquired as to whether Anderson had written any more about the Time Patrol and was delighted to be informed of The Shield Of Time.
This is the series that I reread most often although it has strong competition from Anderson's History of Technic Civilization.