Monday, 7 July 2014
Multiverse: Second Impressions
Rather than read through from cover to cover, I am trying to get an overview. The fictional works include:
3 Time Patrol stories;
3 Technic History stories;
2 stories set on the planet Roland in the Rustum future history;
1 Operation... story;
1 Holger Danske story plus another somehow connected;
"The Far End" by Larry Niven wrongly locates Nicholas van Rijn and the Polesotechnic League in the timeline guarded by the Time Patrol. I do not understand:
how Manse Everard can be a name that a Danellian used for a while;
how, with the apprehension of the last Exaltationist, time "now" becomes stabilized or frozen so that there are no more quantum effects, emergencies, choices or need for a Time Patrol (pp. 314-315).
My understanding is that, in that timeline, whenever someone who has traveled, e.g., from 2014 to 1914 sets out to return to 2014, it is possible that he will arrive in a 2014 that has been altered either by the pre-2014 activities of a time traveler or by space-time-energy randomness.