Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread
I've a feeling that when he gets better--if, maybe--he'll be very unhappy with himself.
Yeah, even though the end of Sisko's portion of RBoE seems to suggest otherwise. However, that is what I mean when I say this story could be salvaged in a later novel. That's also what I was referring to earlier on in the thread when I said that, given the way prophecies normally function, the Sisko portion of this novel feels more like the set-up for a larger narrative (in which Sisko would realize his mistake and the glaring folly of abandoning his family in this manner).
The whole reasoning that Sisko provides for his actions in RBoE is dubious (at best) because the prophets said nothing about an escape clause that would allow the prophecy to be averted in any event. There's nothing about "if you marry her and then spend some of your life with her and then divorce her in time, then all will be well." To perceive this as the only logical interpretation, one would have to be trying very hard to come up with a reason to abandon one's family.
The other possibility, I guess, as you say, is that Sisko is merely caught up in a very severe form of irrational depression and is not thinking straight. However, the culmination of the story seems to suggest otherwise and supports the neglectful parent/bad husband/mid-life crisis interpretation.
Last edited by flemm; January 2 2011 at 02:30 AM.