Saturday, 12 July 2014
Multiverse: A Candle
Raymond E Feist's Flandry story goes more than one generation into the future. Maybe I should stop posting spoilers? Here are some questions instead of statements:
Is there a second Emperor Josip in Flandry's lifetime?
Was Aycharaych not the last Chereionite?
Did some of the others survive the bombardment of their planet?
Enough of them to make a difference?
Is this story set in a divergent timeline in which the Long Night is averted?
Thus, instead of Roan Tom, Allied Planets and Commonalty, will there be a Terran Empire that recedes but does not collapse and even re-expands?
These are not rhetorical questions. I am genuinely puzzled by some of them, like does the reference to Josip imply a divergence at an earlier date? But here is something that I do agree with:
"'...since Olaf Magnusson's betrayal...The Roidhun of Merseia suffered by that failure. His power was almost god-like before, but after...'" (p. 302)
"'The Merseians are just as hamstrung as we are since the Magnusson fiasco. Their race pride got the best of them and their clients are pulling away.'" (p. 303)
I had already deduced that their agent Magnusson's failure to seize the Terran throne by force was the demoralizing blow that started the Merseians' decline.
I have read CJ Cherryh's story of a second Flandry generation but not all at one go and maybe need to reread it. So far, it strikes me as covering not the issues but characters talking about the issues. And I do not think that a human being and a Schothian would be able to interbreed.