Friday, 22 April 2016

War World Vol I

War World I: The Burning Eye, which contains stories by Poul Anderson, SM Stirling and Harry Turtledove, has been ordered and should arrive soon.

Anderson's Technic History has:

civil wars in the Polesotechnic League and the Terran Empire;
a war between the Terran Empire and the Domain of Ythri;
several battles between Terrans and Merseians;
but a lot more going on than wars and battles.

Larry Niven's Known Space future history has a period of wars between men and kzinti but a lot more going on. Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium future history is a succession of war periods diversified only by alien contact in two novels co-written by Niven.

Poul Anderson contributes three works to the Man-Kzin Wars period and one work to one of Pournelle's war periods. Because of its emphasis on wars, the Codominium History seems to me to be a slightly lesser partner when compared with the longer, more broadly based future histories, like, e.g., a TV mini-series as against a series of feature films. Nevertheless, these are three American future histories in the Heinlein tradition.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I also suggest as well that we see little of Pournelle's First Empire of Man during the nearly four centuries from the Formation Wars leading to its rise to the war against the Sauron "supermen" which led to its collapse. That is, we don't see much of the First Empire when it was at PEACE.