Thursday, April 6, 2006

The Century War

SF author Dan Simmons' newest story uses the honoured time-traveller device to frightening effect:

“Your enemies have gathered and struck and continue to strike and you, the innocents of 2006 and beyond, fight among yourselves, chew and rip at your own bellies, blame your brothers and yourselves and your institutions of the Enlightenment – law, tolerance, science, democracy – even while your enemies grow stronger.”
Read the rest here. HT Armed and Dangerous.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Simmons seems to have left a couple of lines out of his story. Let me add them:

“According to their own writings, which we all know well in my day,” continued the Time Traveler, “ ‘Hadith Malik 511:1588 The last statement that Muhammad made was: "O Lord, perish the Jews and Christians. They made churches of the graves of their prophets. There shall be no two faiths in Arabia.’"
I started to speak, but there was more. The Time Traveller continued, taking a copy of the Torah from his pocket. "'I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are now staying, the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.'" He read. "These two quotes from two books, coupled with bullheaded people who believed words more important than peace with their neighbours, created the Century War."