Sunday, 24 January 2016
historical events and processes (past, future and alternative);
humanity and society;
politics and economics;
technology and freedom;
cosmology and philosophy!
Even when the plot of a pulp magazine short story is about a secret service agent fighting a would-be dictator, the issue is whether world society should be united and, if so, how and by whom. Should unity be forcibly imposed or socially engineered - or neither? Anderson wound up favoring diversity. (My slogan is: difference without division; unity without uniformity.)
Anderson presents these issues through texts that combine:
beautiful descriptive passages;
I trust that page viewers read the comments as well as the posts? Recent discussions demonstrate that SM Stirling's alternative history fiction addresses the same kinds of issues in the same kinds of ways. Thus, Stirling is like Anderson in being original, not in resembling Anderson!