Sunday, 3 January 2016


"Holmgang" is like the "Green Hills of Earth" period of Poul Anderson's Psychotechnic History:

asteroid prospectors and miners are the last private enterprisers;

there are bases on the Trojan asteroids in Jupiter orbit;

ships leave the trailing group for the outer planets and the leading group for the inner System;

Achilles and Patroclus "...have a permanent boom town atmosphere..." (Cold Victory, p. 115);

Guardsmen visit the Last Chance bar on Achilles in threes;

some bars centrifuge for artificial gravity;

Johnny Malone from Luna City says that the whole System is getting too civilized except Venus;

spaceships have upgraded to the ion drive;

the Sirius, crewed by Malone and Bo Jonsson, carries cargo and passengers.

We recognize this as an old-fashioned story about the future. Unfamiliar word: "tommicker." (p. 118)

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