Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Four Reasons To Fight With Swords
John Carter fights with a sword because ERB wanted to write "sword and science" sf whether or not this made sense.
Dominic Flandry is able to fight with a sword because the Terran nobility is decadent and therefore practises archaisms.
SM Stirling's Emberversers fight with swords because the premise of their series is that technology and gunpowder have stopped working.
Have I missed anyone? (Addendum: Yes, but I will let readers find it.)
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
Rogue Sword by Poul Anderson
"Swordsman of Lost Terra" by Poul Anderson (here)
Swords Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Sword Of The Lady by SM Stirling