Saturday, 14 January 2017
Alternative Parallel Futures
A character in Poul Anderson's Tales Of The Flying Mountains (New York, 1984) fears:
"'The voyage is the ship's entire raison d'etre. Let the ideal be lost, and the future will be one of utter isolation, stagnation, retrogression, probably eventual extinction.'" (p. 14)
Amspaugh fears that children raised without direction or meaning will become ignoramuses, spiritual starvelings, True Believers or potential revolutionaries. Revolution will be unnecessary if the ship is from the outset a community with common interests.