Saturday, 5 March 2016
Of Time And Stars
Anderson's Time Patrol has an exile planet whereas the Second Empire has a prison world. It makes sense that an interstellar organization would isolate prisoners on an entire planet.
The Patrol preserves a single timeline whereas the Second Empire preserves interstellar peace against the threat of renewed nuclear wars that would devastate planets. Thus, two defensive organizations.
We learn that the Patrol guards history not just against time criminals but also against temporal changes resulting from quantum fluctuations in space-time energy. However, the consequences of such fluctuations can be experienced only by time travelers. Thus, both the Patrol and the Empire are responses to consequences of technology.
The Commonwealth, the Empire and the Patrol perform the functions of a state, preserving social order, whereas League and ITA members organize economic activities. We know that there are inter-temporal traders in the Time Patrol timeline but are told less about them.