Thursday, 23 October 2014
The Man Who Counts, Chapter I
winged, therefore not human;
at war with another group called the Flock;
members of an aristocratic society such that an ennobled family may remain despised for its lowly origins;
discussing what the reader recognizes as a downed spaceship - a shimmering floating object longer than the longest canoe, carrying wingless, tailless but clothed animals;
able to deduce first that the mysterious object has not come from the Deeps because its occupants, although only four-limbed, resemble flightless animals, not fish or sea mammals, and secondly that it can only have fallen from the sky.
Chapter II begins on the floating "skycruiser" with the point of view of Eric Wace, whose name informs us that he is human. Thus, Poul Anderson sets the scene for a novel of human-alien interaction but what happens next remains to be seen because, at nearly 1.55 AM, after a day with a funeral followed by an sf group gathering, I am going to bed.