Thursday, 16 March 2017
Every newly discovered rational species must be unique. On the other hand, immortal space travelers encountering many such species might learn to generalize. Yo Rorn knows that:
"'...given a generally human-type instinct pattern, a technological-geographical situation like this one makes for individualism.'"
-Poul Anderson, World Without Stars (New York, 1966), Chapter X, p. 65.
Argens agrees because:
"Tyranny gets unstable when a cheap boat can pace a warship and there's a wilderness for dissatisfied people to vanish into.'" (ibid.)
Yet the few Niao in a fishing boat that accidentally found the shipwrecked Earthmen did not take responsibility for dealing with them. Instead, they immediately reported back to a higher authority. Therefore:
"...the Niao must like being subservient." (ibid.)
It takes time before a delegation arrives. Therefore, the delegation had to be organized and authorized from a distance. This could have been done quickly with telepathy, which the Niao have. Therefore, the masters must have taken time to discuss and prepare. Also, they had preserved an alien language for a long time and transmitted it across a long distance. Yorn deduces that:
"'...we're on the marches of a very big and very old empire.'" (p. 66)
Yet all that he has seen so far is a delegation in a single galley.