Saturday, 12 November 2016
After The War
The first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. It followed that Bond had been in the War and had even been active in the Secret Service before the War. You Only Live Twice, published 1964, revised Bond's biography. (Had time travelers been at work?) Now he had entered the Secret Service only during the War and then only by lying about his age. Nevertheless, the War had to remain part of his past.
By now, we are well out from under the shadow of that War. Its sequel, the Cold War, has come and gone. Anderson's The Shield Of Time (1990) mentions Gorbachev. The Bond novels retained their post-World War II flavor at least until You Only Live Twice, the eleventh of the twelve novels, but also showed signs of the Cold War slacking off. Now contemporary novels contain satellites and computers that were previously science fiction.
"Time Patrol" had said that the gadgets in a typical room at the Time Patrol Academy were:
"...the sort you would have expected by, say, AD 2000..."
-Guardians Of Time (Pan, London, 1964), p. 12,
"...screens which could draw on a huge library of recorded sight and sound for entertainment. Nothing too advanced, as yet." (ibid.)