Sunday, 16 March 2014

Different Places

It has just hit me how many different places are vividly realized in Poul Anderson's The Corridors Of Time (London, 1968).

Prehistorical
Avildaro, with the holy fire in its Long House, at the beginning of the Bronze Age.

Historical
The craggy, gloomy wilderness of seventh century Bavaria.
Viborg, 1535 AD.
The Lincolnshire Fens in "Harry's England," also 1535.

Contemporary
Copenhagen.
Denmark.

Future
A tunnel (only) in the twenty third century.
A palace and parkland in the Wardens' realm.
The megalopolis of Niyorek.
The tasteful buildings and green country of the time wardens' era.

- in just over two hundred pages.

A circle is completed as Lockridge and Auri return to prehistory:

"And the years flew past..." (p. 211)

- until they are accompanied by their sixteen year old son at the beginning of the new age.

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