Friday, 30 September 2016

Unusual Work

"'The work is, you understand, somewhat unusual,' said Mr. Gordon."
-Poul Anderson, "Time Patrol" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 1-53 AT p. 1.

"The men were descending with their plunder. 'Let's go,' Everard said, and led them away."
-Poul Anderson, "Death And The Knight" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 741-765 AT p. 765.

Unusual work indeed, if it involves plunder. However, the plundering is cover for the rescue of a Patrol agent. And these two quotations take us from the beginning of the story of Manson Everard, originally published in 1955, to the end, published in 1995. But there is more than these 765 pages because there are also the 436 pages of the second volume, The Shield Of Time.

A series that can be endlessly reread with increased pleasure and appreciation. My paperback copies of the two volumes are falling apart and have had to be replaced. However, the earlier copies, sellotaped together, are still used so that the newer copies will be preserved as long as possible.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

We also see time travelers plundering in THERE WILL BE TIME, that time for a far less worthy cause! Agents of Caleb Wallis' Eyre had taken part in the merciless plundering of Constantinople by the Venetians/Fourth Crusade in 1204.