Monday, 11 August 2014
Everard has "'...become one of the more important agents operating within the past three millennia.'"
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), p. 263.
But the Patrol guards a million years so three millennia are very little. If so many potential, and in two cases actual, catastrophes can be encountered by one agent in such a short span of his career, then is reality really as stable as the Patrol claims? We are told that time travel is allowed because the time lines usually adjust to any changes made by time travelers and that overcoming temporal inertia in order to divert the course of history is hard work but, in the light of Everard's experience, is this true? Or is Everard unusual for some reason?