Sunday, 23 July 2017
The Arrow Of Time In Wells And Anderson II
Manse Everard and Janne Floris follow Veleda back through time:
in 70 AD, Veleda's companion, Heidhin, tells Everard that she and he are of the Alvarings;
in 60 AD, Everard and Janne hear Veleda preach;
in 49 AD, Time Patrol ethnographer Jens Ulstrup tells Everard and Janne that Veleda had arrived by ship on the Baltic littoral five or six years earlier;
in 43 AD, Everard and Janne, hovering on timecycles, scan ships until they see one bearing a woman, jump forward to see where that ship will land and jump back so that Everard, disguised, can meet the ship;
the captain, Vagnio of the Alvarings, tells Everard that his people hold half of an island off the Geatish coast and Janne easily identifies the island as Oland;
tracing Vagnio's journey back to his departure from Oland, the Patrol agents learn that a boy and a girl had walked to his home from a village further south;
making an aerial survey through several months, they leap through a precalculated space-time grid on separate timecycles until they see and become part of the event that had launched Veleda on her vengeful mission against the Romans.
We have come a long way from Mrs Watchett proceeding backwards through the Time Traveller's laboratory.