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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Nevertheless, in general, the comparison with a hotel seems to be compatible with the way that Eternity is presented in the novel. The chronology of action in The End of Eternity is interrupted as it is presented to the reader. Chapter 1 presents a series of actions that do not occur until about midway through the chronological sequence of the events of the novel. In this chapter, Technician Andrew Harlan travels from the 575th Century to the 2456th Century to do his job, making a change in the situation of that century that will change the course of human life in that century and beyond.
While he is there, the clash of personalities between himself and Finge is renewed. Although this clash is important to the action of the novel, more important still is the meeting between Andrew Harlan and Noÿs Lambent, a female resident of the 482nd, who is temporarily working in Eternity in Finge's office. Harlan has dreams about her, which he regards as shameful, but it is Noÿs who forces him into their first conversation and who, later, while Harlan is using her home as a base for observation of the 482nd Century, maneuvers him into having an affair with her.
In the process, he builds a broad view of two different ways of life, explores the relationships between them, and makes it believable in human terms. Because action for its own sake is not of major importance in The Currents of Space, the movement of the book is not paced as fast as it is in much (too much) science fiction; the interest, in this case, is maintained by the revelation of the two societies and by the fate of the characters. The novel begins with a prologue which tells of an incident that occurred a year before the main action of the novel: A Spatio-analyst from Earth is drugged and psycho-probed by an unknown person who does not, apparently, want the threat of impending destruction of the planet Florina to be broadcast.