Saturday, 16 April 2016
Myths Ancient And Modern
Homer described gods in ancient times whereas Stapledon and Anderson describe god-like beings in remote futures. Stapledon compared his time-traveling Neptunian observers of the Great War to the Homeric gods observing, and intervening in, the Trojan War. Anderson's Time Patrolmen intervene on ancient and medieval battlefields and in London during World War II. The World Wars, history to us, were speculative fictions in works by Wells.
Thus, we can contemplate:
the Homeric Olympus and Trojan War;
the Biblical narrative from Genesis to Apocalypse;
wars throughout history and the twentieth century;
Wells' fictional twentieth century and our real one;
Wellsian, Stapledonian and Andersonian time travelers;
the Time Traveler's Further Vision;
Stapledon's Last Men on Neptune;
Anderson's time dilation and cosmic cycle;
Anderson's Genesis - a new beginning in a geological future.
That is quite a lot to contemplate. Please give me a moment here.