Friday, 18 July 2014

People From The Future II

Epsilon Korten, director of Jerusalem Base, man of action and scholar of profundity, responsible for temporal activities between the birth of David and the fall of Judah, born in twenty ninth century New Edom on Mars, was recruited by the Time Patrol both because of his computer analyses of early Semitic texts and because of his exploits as a spaceman during the Second Asteroid War. Potentially, a very complicated future history emerges from such scattered hints in the Time Patrol texts.

In Harfleur, chief seaport of northwestern France, 1307, the resident Patrol agent is Boniface Reynaud from nine hundred years later but we are told nothing about his home period. However, Harfleur is fascinating, a "...rookery of merchant adventurers. From harbors like this, a few life-times hence, men would set sail for the New World."
-Poul Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), p. 754.

The future is being made in the past.

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