Saturday, 28 March 2015
Short Series With Large Implications
I have found this same pattern twice so far in the works of SM Stirling whom I regard as a worthy successor of Anderson:
The Peshawar Lancers has a prequel;
the second Lords of Creation novel also has a prequel.
Each of these prequels was published in a themed anthology of original stories, the themes respectively being alternative histories and fictional versions of Mars. Thus, in each of these cases, an sf fan might want to read the Stirling novel and the anthology or just the works by Stirling. At present, I am half way through the first Lords of Creation novel.
The possibility exists that all of Stirling's alternative history novels could come to be connected as occurring in different universes of the same multiverse, just as the Old Phoenix Inn links four novels and two short stories by Anderson. Whether or not the various histories are explicitly connected, the idea of their coexistence remains implicit in the concept of divergent timelines.
Addendum: See here.