Monday, 27 February 2017
An Alternative Present
finish reading SM Stirling's Dies The Fire;
start reading Volume II, The Protector's War, which has just arrived.
David Drake writes of The Protector's War:
"Reminds me of Poul Anderson at his best."
At his best? We will find out.
We note that, whereas Dies The Fire, published in 2005, has an opening chapter set in 1998 - Change minus one hour, The Protector's War, published in 2006, has an opening chapter set in 2006 - Change Year Eight. Stirling was writing an alternative present and we are reading twenty first century science fiction after so many decades of regarding the twenty first century as "the future." Remember that The Time Machine was a work of the nineteenth century. We have come a long way from Wells via Anderson to Stirling. Futuristic speculation is gaining a substantial past.