Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Mankind In Spacetime And The Universe
the experiences of space traveling and time traveling;
the far future of mankind and Earth;
Selenites in their environment;
Martians invading our environment;
political and military conflicts;
in one future, the transcendence of social problems and the emancipation of humanity but, in an alternative future, devolution into Morlocks and Eloi.
Poul Anderson describes:
many experiences in space;
the experience of time traveling;
the far future of AI on Earth and in the galaxy;
political and military conflicts on Earth and between interstellar empires;
imaginative alien life forms, e.g., in the Terran Empire.
Too much emphasis just on political and military conflicts is not really sf - maybe? Characters in Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium future history have such conflicts on Earth - and export them to space. Nuclear exchanges on a single planet are suicidal so let's have them between planets instead? Some people will draw the lesson that they need to build a society free of such conflicts and will use the Alderson drive to travel far enough away that they can make a fresh start without Imperial interference, like the McCormac rebels in Anderson's Technic History.