The Change article mentions alien intelligence as being the cause of The Change. Where is this explained? I don't recall it in any of the books--other than Ken Larsson's Alien Space Bat theory, but that's just a device he used to explain the unexplainable, being as good as any other theory. Has Stirling given an explanation? I'm an atheist, but the idea of warring gods/agents of Order and Chaos fits into the themes of the stories a lot better than aliens.
- Good point. In later books, Juniper and others refer to the "Powers," but I don't remember where. I'm due for a complete re-read to prep for September's release of the next book. I'll try to keep this in mind.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 17:49, April 18, 2012 (UTC)
- I've been re-reading them myself. Up to Sword of The Lady right now. Yeah, Juniper's on about the Powers from the start. And then especially after the first three books when the CUT are the Bad Guys and have some sort of Entity pulling their strings. The inference is that it is Chaos as represented by The Adversary/Satan (to the Catholics), Loki (to the Bjornings). I don't recall what the MacKenzies refer to it other than "demons."
And another thing: March 17th is St. Patrick's Day--at least in the US where it is an excuse to drink heavily. Why doesn't Stirling mention that even once? I'd have to go back and check the Nantucket books, but I don't recall mention of it there either. You'd think a bunch of drunks running around right after The Change would enter the story whenever someone thinks about where they were when it hit!
Change effect on Electricity Edit
The Change is shown to disable electrically powered devices, however the statement that electricity (above the cellular scale) stops working is innacurate. Lightning, for example, is still observed post change. Unin (talk) 22:18, August 11, 2014 (UTC)