Tuesday, 1 August 2017
CS Lewis, the Ransom Trilogy;
Robert Heinlein, Magic Inc;
Poul Anderson, two Operation... novels;
James Blish, Black Easter/The Day After Judgment;
SM Stirling, the Emberverse series.
Anderson's Operation... followed Heinlein's Magic Inc in the same way that Anderson's Psychotechnic History followed Heinlein's Future History.
In Blish's diptych, even the good guys are bad - but then all the bad guys become good? Black Easter is in memoriam CS Lewis and Blish's white magician, Father Domenico, quotes Lewis' demon, Screwtape.
Thus, Heinlein and Anderson form a science fiction pair whereas Lewis and Blish form a theological fiction pair.
I am still not sure where Stirling's demons come for and hope for more elucidation as the series proceeds.