Sunday, 31 July 2016
Populations, Not Individuals
"The entire organization was so vast that he could not really appreciate the fact." (Time Patrol, p. 13)
Although it focuses on one individual, the series gradually shows us many more members of the Patrol with different functions and makes us aware of the vastness.
SM Stirling's alternative history novels are about populations, rather than individuals:
the Draka fulfill their destiny;
the Angrezi Raj survives the Fall;
the Nantucketers survive the Event;
the New Virginians colonize the Other Side;
the Sky People colonize Veunus.
We remember the individuals but also the populations.