Sunday, 11 December 2016
Gods And Time
"'...against time the gods themselves are powerless.'"
-Poul Anderson, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 333-465 AT p. 457.
The statement that even gods are powerless against time is a powerful affirmation that human beings are certainly powerless against it.
In a divergent timeline, the Emperor Frederick says, "'...if time allows...,'" not "'...if God allows....,'" as if he somehow senses that he owes his current triumphs to a temporal aberration. (The Shield Of Time, New York, 1991, p. 395)
"Star of the Sea" and The Shield Of Time have certain common features:
each is a novel although the former is shorter and was published in an omnibus collection, not as a separate volume;
each introduces a new variation on the causality violation idea;
each ends with an unexpected revelation.
At the end of The Shield..., Manse Everard and Wanda Tamberly learn the ultimate purpose of the Time Patrol. At the end of "Star of the Sea," the reader realizes that aspects of a goddess have been incorporated into Mary, Stella Maris, Star of the Sea. The Time Patrol's role in this incorporation will be the subject of a further post.