Thursday, 25 February 2016

Five First Empires

(i) After the Fall of the Galactic Empire, the Second Foundationers plan to build a Second Empire in a mere thousand years. If they succeed, then the fallen Empire will be renamed the First.

(ii) Donvar Ayeghen, President of the Galactic Archeological Society, refers to excavations in the ruins of Sol City, Terra, and to Manuel Argos, the Founder of the First Empire.

(iii) Galactics who have come to evacuate Earth fly among the ruins of Sol City, capital of the legendary First Empire.

(iv) When Leonidas IV proclaims the Second Empire of Man in 2903, the Empire that had ended in 2640 becomes the First.

(v) The Terran Federation is succeeded by the First Galactic Empire.

(i) = Isaac Asimov's Foundation future history.
(ii) = Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization.
(iii) = Anderson's Psychotechnic History.
(iv) = Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium future history.
(v) = H Beam Piper's Terrohuman Future History.


David Birr said...

Piper's short story "The Keeper" appears to be part of his Future History rather than a stand-alone ... and it's set during the FIFTH Empire, an unspecified number of millennia after the First. (Incidentally, the Keeper is guardian of what two historians believe to be the UK's Imperial State Crown.)

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I think you made a mistake in your "(v)," if you had Isaac Asimov's Foundation timeline in mine. The TRANTORIAN Empire morphed into the First Galactic Empire after Trantor completed it's conquest of the entire Galaxy.


Paul Shackley said...

No, (v) refers to H Beam Piper's Terrohuman Future History.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Now I understand. Plus, of course, I am not as familiar with H. Beam Piper's work as I should be.