Thursday, 26 February 2015
The Peshawar Lancers: First Impressions
(i) An evocative cover with a British military theme suggesting a personal or at least sexual relationship and an airship visible through the window.
(ii) ...Lancers is copyright 2002. The twenty first century is no longer the future. (Of course it isn't but this has a particular resonance in science fiction.)
(iii) The dedication is In Memoriam: Poul Anderson 1926-2001. (Contemplate world events and changes in that three quarters of a century.)
(iv) Acknowledgements for inspiration start with Kipling.
parallels that I found between Poul Anderson and Neil Gaiman. Further, both Anderson and Gaiman quote from The Golden Road.)
(v) The novel concludes with five Appendices of background information and a list of King-Emperors. Victoria I's reign ends earlier than in our timeline. Elizabeth II's dates, 1989-2005, differentiate her from our current Queen.
(vi) The book contains no maps of the altered world but these are to be found on the Internet.
(vii) So far, then, quite fascinating.
Meanwhile, I am still carefully rereading Anderson's Fire Time. That novel remains on the blogging agenda to which ...Lancers has now been added.