Sunday, 9 August 2015
The Peaks Of Time
In the second volume, Time Patrolman, the first story is another Manse Everard adventure whereas the second, "The Sorrow Of Odin The Goth," is a completely different kind of narrative with Everard in the background. I suggested that it be included in an anthology of the best time travel stories, although I now think that Anderson's later "Star Of The Sea" is even better - but perhaps too long to be anthologized.
The Time Patrol novel, The Shield Of Time, is a summit on several counts:
it concludes the story of the Exaltationists;
it makes Wanda Tamberly a continuing character and incidentally reintrodues Keith Denison;
it introduces two original concepts, a fluctuation in space-time-energy and a personal causal nexus;
it climaxes with a Danellian finally explaining the meaning of the Patrol to Everard and Wanda;
it ends with Everard and Wanda beginning a holiday and, we suspect, a relationship - this latter is confirmed in "Death And The Knight."