I’m almost done with Brother Assassin, but wanted to share this nugget. The third part of the book is about defending this indispensable historical figure from the berserkers, and this guy is Totally Not Galileo!
I recently discovered that Saberhagen was a practicing Catholic. It also appears he was historically literate. I mean…if this were Earth history, which it’s totally not.
It’s a commonly throw about canard that Galileo was persecuted by the Church during his time. While there is some truth to that one-sided story, it’s largely a fallacy of omission. Saberhagen seemed to have a lot of fun poking at it.
That feeling when scifi writers know more about history (or are more honest about it) than renowned scientists!