Monday, 11 April 2016
Anderson and the Pournelle-Stirling collaborative team each wrote a Man-Kzin Wars trilogy;
these two trilogies overlap in terms of characters and settings.
Pulling back to the wider perspective, let us again consider:
Heinlein's Future History;
Asimov's Robots and Empire History;
Blish's Cities In Flight;
Anderson's Psychotechnic and Technic Histories and Tau Zero;
Herbert's Dune History;
Niven's Known Space History;
Pournelle's CoDominium History;
Stirling's Draka History.
These works comprise:
nine American future histories about interstellar civilizations with faster than light capability;
one work that takes slower than light travel to its ultimate conclusion in the setting of cosmic future history.
The Psychotechnic History imitates the Future History;
the Technic History is a less well known but better written account of an interstellar empire than either Asimov's or Herbert's series;
Tau Zero is cosmological hard sf like the culminating volume of Cities In Flight;
Anderson contributed to Asimov's, Niven's and Pournelle's future histories;
Niven and Stirling contributed to Pournelle's and Pournelle and Stirling contributed to Niven's.
Somewhere in all this is what I will read or reread next.