Friday, 14 April 2017
Juniper remembers that the Hunter comes for everyone at their appointed time. Shades of Poul Anderson's Ythrians. She lets sights, sounds and stenches flow through her but not linger. She is practising zazen. Ravens, crows, eagles and falcons hover. Nine hundred archers shoot a hundred and thirty thousand arrows at a thousand men coming shoulder to shoulder. Souls are sent to the Lord of the Western Gate: powerful imagery, not literally true.
Homer, Virgil, Anderson, Stirling and other military sf authors describe war in fascinating detail. It is our job to ensure that future descriptions of war are confined to historical fiction.