Saturday, 2 May 2015


(This is an indulgent image. It came up on a google search for "The Boat of a Million Years." It shows the Barge and the Solar System and I recognize it as a page from a comic book written by Alan Moore.)

Poul Anderson, The Boat Of A Million Years (London, 1991).

Pytheas will take fifteen years to reach its destination, a planet in Pegasus. About fifteen hundred light years in the same direction is the nearest of the radiation sources that might be a high-energy civilization.

The Sun is little more than the brightest star when Pytheas is near Jupiter. Anderson must describe stars seen from space yet again. This time, the Milky Way is " a river of frost and light." (p. 499)

The Survivors have paired off:

Hanno and Svoboda;
Wanderer and Flora;
Patulcius and Aliyat;
Tu Shan and Yukiko.

Patulcius and Aliyat are a surprise but we remember that Patulcius did marry occasionally down the millennia.


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