Tuesday, 18 March 2014
In 1827 BC, Malcolm Lockridge's instant translator and artificial memory, his diaglossa, informs him of the lives of the aboriginal Danish Sea People, the Tenil Orugaray:
peace and hospitality;
bouts of hard work separated by long easy intervals of amber shaping, music, dance etc;
friendly rivalry between closely related fisher settlements;
trade, and only trade, with inland farmers;
hunting of wisent, bear and boar;
hard labor to build dolmens and passage graves;
gales, waves, sleet and snow in winter;
pursuit of seal and porpoise;
trading in England and Flanders;
no war, hardly even murder, until the charioteers came.
No war and almost no murder sounds almost Paradisal, although the winters don't.
A persistent theme in Anderson's Time Patrol series is innocence lost. That theme is here also.