Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Old Michael Shaugnessy, having returned to the extrasolar planet where his wife is buried to die there, remembers Earth. He lists familiar place names but also says:
"Shwe Dagon recalled another faith..." (p. 90)
I wrongly took this to refer to the god Dagon.
The planet to which Shaughnessy has returned is called Feng Huang but has a valley of the Kshatriya. (This must mean that a river is named after an Indian caste?)
Of the Terrestrial places listed by Shaugnessy, we recognize two that appear in other works by Anderson, York Minster and Machu Picchu. He also mentions an Empress Theodora. Relying for the moment on memory, I think that one Empress Theodora, although maybe not this one, features in Anderson's The Last Viking Trilogy?
Chapter 12, just over two pages in length, mainly tells us that time is passing and also that times are not currently good on Earth. Meanwhile, the Envoy, with its massive time dilation factor, remains in flight...