Saturday, 22 February 2014
"Of Time And The Rover"
Brilliant title. "The Rover" is Poul Anderson and some of his characters:
"The same thought must have occurred to the time rover." (p. 241)
Sandra Miesel advises us to:
"Compare [Anderson's] Old Phoenix Inn filled with heroes from everywhen in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1974, with the gatherings in Robert A Heinlein's Number Of The Beast, 1980." (p. 246)
I prefer not to!
Miesel writes that Anderson's "...time transit stories...compare favorably with the famous efforts of John Brunner, L Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, Ward Moore, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, H Beam Piper, Keith Roberts, and Robert Silverberg." (p. 246)
I disagree. I think that Anderson's time travel works are far superior to any of these. And several of the mentioned writers make a complete mess of time travel paradoxes.
in "Brave To Be a King":
"The climactic procession celebrating the Birthday of Mithras would take longer for a critic to analyze in full than it does for Anderson to describe." (pp. 249-250)
This is probably right. Next, I will reread "Brave To Be A King."