Part III of The Life and Times of Grant August Elik, the Great Gunner, sequel to The Star Sloop and The Star Command as reviewed at the end of the Millennium, in an unusual back-to-the future fashion. More
Part III of The Life and Times of Grant August Elik, the Great Gunner. The Star Quest and its companion volumes, are biographical, in broad life-and-times style, involving other important figures in the adventures of the hero. But his life and times are depicted with three main differences: FIRST is that Grant Elik’s life and times are yet to come, hundreds of years later than ours --so that the record described lies in the future. SECOND, and the conceit of the books, is that they are the work of a critical biographer looking back at the subject from a period at the end of the millennium we have only just begun. This biographer tries to get at the truth, blowing away the inflated myth put about by rulers of his day for their self-aggrandisement. THIRD is that our man and the men and women who served with him still remain only human, deserving our understanding. They are not residents drawn for so-called futuristic or fantasy works in which superhuman figures with magical attributes and very limited wardrobes save the world [solar system, galaxy, or even the known universe] from being vaporized by some evil agency. And they are all subject to being made dry fun of for whatever quirks they have. Here and there, as in the previous volumes, one or two may be found for whom the Reader, perhaps recognizing a fellow sufferer, may even experience the moistening of an eye. My book is also written with a care for our English language. How far that succeeds others will judge.