Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Settling Avalon

When human beings and Ythrians have colonized the Hesperian Islands on Avalon, "...the chief abode of the allied folk..." (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 296) is called Trauvay or Wingland. (The former is also the name of the High Wyvan of Ythri centuries later at the time of the Terran War.)

Trauvay/Wingland is the site of the headquarters of a research and development team for the joint colonization of the northern continent, Corona. Nicholas Falkayn, son of the Founder, attends as an engineer, accompanied by his family because the team will meet for many Morganan months. Thus, his son, Nat Falkayn (seventeen Avalonian years old, twelve Terran) meets many young Ythrians and the scene is set for a short story originally published in Boy's Life - an excellent addition to Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization.

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