Sunday, 16 October 2016
Volume I, The Rise Of The Polesotechnic League, nine installments;
Volume II, The Decline Of The Polesotechnic League, nine installments.
The opening nine installments comprise:
an exploration trilogy - Iapetus, Ythri, Gray/Avalon;
two stories set in the same year - the first van Rijn and Adzel stories;
a Falkayn-Ivanhoe triad - Falkayn on Ivanhoe, Falkayn elsewhere, others on Ivanhoe;
a van Rijn novel.
According to the Chronology, the Polesotechnic League is founded before the third story but we receive no information about the League until the fourth and fifth stories. Having recently reread the opening van Rijn story, "Margin of Profit," we will shortly reread the opening Adzel story, "How To Be Ethnic In One Easy Lesson." Whereas the exploration trilogy is set entirely off Earth, the fourth and fifth stories both begin on Earth.