Monday, 16 January 2017

Revolutions And Asteroids

Future histories can seem like a single collaborative project to envision futures. Here is a neat synthesis -

Robert Heinlein's Future History: revolutions;
Larry Niven's Known Space History: asteroids;
Poul Anderson's Tales Of The Flying Mountains: the Asteroid Revolution!

In the twenty first century of the Known Space Timeline:

"Colonization of the Belt.
"Third Mars expedition.
"Belt becomes independent government.
"Interstellar ramrobots launched; UN-Belt cooperation.
"Colony slowboats launched."
-Larry Niven, Tales Of Known Space (New York, 1975), p. viii.

Their titles make the two Tales collections sound like companion volumes. In both histories, the Belt launches STL interstellar craft. Niven's Belters did not need a revolution unless it occurred between stories and was not mentioned in the Timeline.

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