Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Comparative Chronologies II

I have found some more point of view discontinuities in Larry Niven's and Jerry Pournelle's The Mote In God's Eye but am not proposing to analyze them all right now.

I am interested in some chronological similarities and dissimilarites between the Technic and CoDominium Histories.

Hyperdrive is discovered in the twenty-second century whereas the Alderson drive is tested and perfected in 2008.

Extrasolar planets are colonized in the Breakup of the twenty-second century whereas, during the Codominium, extrasolar colonization begins in 2020 and mass out-system shipment of convicts begins in 2040.

The Time of Troubles brings down the Solar Commonwealth in the twenty-seventh century whereas the Great Patriotic Wars end the CoDominium in 2103.

Manuel Argos proclaims the Terran Empire about 2700 whereas Leonidas I proclaims the Empire of Man in 2250.

In the mid fourth millennium, the Long Night ends the Terran Empire, leading to war and piracy, whereas, in 2640, Secession Wars and Dark Ages end the First Empire, leading to piracy and brigandage.

The Allied Planets recivilize separated colonies in 4000 whereas Leonidas IV proclaims the Second Empire in 2903.

Dominic Flandry is on Starkad in 3019 whereas the Second Empire makes First Contact with the Moties in 3017.

(These are very approximate comparisons. I have taken the dates from Sandra Miesel's Chronology of Technic Civilization and from the Chronology in The Mote In God's Eye. For discussion of Miesel's Chronology, see here.)

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I only WISH some kind of FTL drive, whether an Andersonia "hyperdrive" or a Niven/Pournelle "Alderson Drive" HAD been invented in our 2008! Or even as much developing of the possibilities of space using STL means as we see in Stirling's THE STONE DOGS by both the Alliance and the Domination.

Thanks for again linking comments by you about the Technic Civilization Chronology to my own article about the Chronology. Any readers who look it up will find out how dissatisfied I was with Sandra Miesel's version and my proposed revising of it.