Tuesday, 19 January 2016
The Final War
the early Psychotechnic History;
the Maurai History;
Vault Of Ages.
The inhabitants of SM Stirling's Draka timeline waged the Great War and the Eurasian War and wonder what the Final War will be like. They find out. Imagine what it would be like if something long imagined really did happen. Stirling describes not recovery from the Final War but the War itself, the real Ragnarok or Armageddon, lacking only James Blish's demons manifesting in Death Valley.
Nukes alone would destroy everything. The Draka deploy a bio-weapon while the Alliance attacks with a computer virus. But there are nuclear explosions and electromagnetic pulses as well:
"High-altitude detonations." (The Stone Dogs, p. 456)
"'London's gone.'" (p. 460)
"'Multiple detonation, Japan.'" (ibid.)
Eric von Shrakenberg knows that the Draka victory might mean a dead end for Earth but that the escaping Alliance starship "'...means an insurance policy fo' our species...'" (p. 471)
Its captain is a novelist called Anderson.