Thursday, 20 March 2014
Time Travel And Related Works
"The Little Monster" (a single time traveler);
"The Nest" (time traveling brigands);
Time Patrol and The Shield Of Time (a time travel police force);
The Corridors Of Time and There Will Be Time (two time wars).
Correspondents have been too polite to observe that I became unusually focused on Corridors.
Earlier along our own particular timeline, we also considered:
"Flight To Forever" (a journey around cosmic time);
The Dancer From Atlantis (the originals of some Greek myths).
Neither backwards nor forwards but sideways in time are:
"Eutopia" (Alexander did return from Babylon);
"The House of Sorrows" (the Jews did not return from Babylon) -
- and four of the many timelines with fleeting access to the Old Phoenix Inn:
Three Hearts And Three Lions (Carolingian mythology);
the two Operation volumes (working magic);
A Midsummer Tempest (Shakespearean history);
the History of Technic Civilization (Nicholas van Rijn).
My points are that:
Poul Anderson wrote many time travel and alternative timeline scenarios;
I have published a lot of posts about them;
but I have probably exhausted my current stock of observations on these works;
however, after the complexities of the Time Patrol, the time corridors and the Star Masters, it feels anticlimactic to return to the merely linear plots of Anderson's non-series short stories from which time travel has been an extended digression;
so I will have to find out where the blog goes next.
I usually do think of something to say - although not always at the recent rate.