Sunday, 16 November 2014
Fiction And Reality
Secondly, Anderson conveys such complexity very effectively:
conflicts between three factions within the Polesotechnic League, including one faction that is in cahoots with the government of the Solar Commonwealth and another that is secretly arming the Baburites;
dissatisfactions in several other sections of Technic civilization - the poorer planets, Merseia and Babur;
a hidden conflict even between van Rijn and Falkayn about the issue of the poorer planets;
various resentments and campaigns within the multi-layered aristocratic society of Falkayn's home planet, Hermes;
actions by several of these interacting groups precipitating the first of a series of civil wars that will wreck the League and the Commonwealth, leaving Earth defenseless against barbarians armed by irresponsible League merchants.
As usual, when I list elements of the Technic History, the list turns out to be longer and more complicated than I had expected. My next topic will be the Chaos, the transition from our twentieth century to Anderson's Technic civilization.