Monday, 17 August 2015
However, history and anthropology display an enormously broad range of possible societies which becomes even broader if we envisage evolutionary changes to humanity itself, as in Poul Anderson's The Night Face where an entire planetary population becomes insane for a few days each year but otherwise is psychologically integrated enough not to need any restraints imposed by laws or governments. Ideas and values that seem self-evident in one social context are unthinkable in another.
How viable is SM Stirling's Domination of the Draka with its continual warfare, militarized citizenry and massive slave population? I would have said highly unstable but Stirling shows it as dynamic and expanding. The Draka, in all honesty, abandon any pretense of Christianity and even try to revive Northern Paganism. I will be interested to learn how their civilization develops over four volumes.