Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Van Rijn And Flandry
I. Rise Of The Polesotechnic League.
II. Decline Of The Polesotechnic League.
III. Rise Of The Terran Empire.
IV. Young Flandry And The Terran Empire.
V. Captain Flandry Of The Terran Empire.
VI. Admiral Flandry And The Children Of The Terran Empire or The Molitor Dynasty.
VII. After The Terran Empire or The Post-Imperial Age.
Nicholas van Rijn is born some time in Volume I and dies some time in Volume III whereas Dominic Flandry is alive at the beginning of Vol IV and still alive at the end of Vol VI. Also, van Rijn appears in ten of the twenty four works in Vols I-III whereas Flandry appears in thirteen of the fifteen works in Vols IV-VI.
The entire series is a future history both because van Rijn and Flandry are centuries apart and also because there are other installments before, between and after. Whereas Robert Heinlein's Future History is a future history series, Anderson's Technic History is both a future history series and two character-based series, thus a higher synthesis of earlier literary forms.