By L. David Allen
- Pebble within the Sky
- The Stars, Like Dust
- The Currents of Space
- The finish of Eternity
- The Gods Themselves
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Biron's development to maturity and the clash between political systems provide the major thematic interest and the basic impetus to the action in The Stars, like Dust. However, a great deal of the general interest in the novel is provided by other, less prominent elements which also serve to make the novel more believable. None of these receives much emphasis, but each could be expanded considerably. For example, a great deal about Earth's history following the twentieth century is implied by just a few details, such as the intensive radiation and its status as a university planet: An atomic war took place, providing an impetus toward movement into space, leaving fewer people on Earth, and establishing it as more of a historical shrine to humanity's past and origins.
In addition, there would need to be a system of travel and of access between centuries (or days and minutes) that does not affect Time unless a change is deliberately made. Obviously, Eternity is constructed in such a way that these conditions are met, and the society within Eternity is organized, emphasizing the decision-making and change-creating functions. However, it is the thematic questions arising out of this question and from the resulting creation of Eternity that provide the impetus for most of the action in The End of Eternity.
Being on a spaceship assists Rik in regaining more of his memory, and his actions become surer. Too late to change matters, Rik realizes that the patroller who killed Khorov was Terens in disguise and that they should not have tried to escape. The ship they are on is one carrying Samia of Fife back to Sark. Samia is the daughter of the greatest of the five Great Squires of Sark, and she is very much used to getting her own way. When she discovers that there are possible stowaways from Florina on the spaceship, she momentarily becomes less irritable.