post omitted details about the Solar System in the future histories mentioned, e.g.:
there are seven other rational species in the Solar System in Heinlein's Future History;
the Jovian moon Ganymede is colonized in Heinlein's Future History and in Anderson's Psychotechnic History;
in Larry Niven's Known Space future history, the colonization of the Martian surface is not economically viable but the colonization of the Belt is - whereas, in Anderson's Harvest of Stars future history, one reason to colonize Mars is that it can supply goods to asteroid bases.
Meanwhile, a copy of SM Stirling's Under The Yoke (New York, 1989) has at last arrived by post. The book is dedicated:
To Dave and Poul,
for their kind words.
And always, to Jan.
In the blurb on the back:
"It's an exciting, evocative, thought-provoking - but of course horrifying - read." -Poul Anderson.
So what can Poul Anderson fans do except also read and be excited, provoked and horrified? The Draka are well on their way towards world conquest and the von Shrakenberg family is back although represented by different members.
However, the end of September approaches and we have reached a round number of posts for this month. Consequently, I might take some time for other activities and for reading Under The Yoke before returning to the blog in October.
Addenda, 29 Sept '15: More details -
Known Space begins with the exploration, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, of Mercury, Venus, Pluto and Mars and the possible discovery of life on the dark side of Mercury back when it was thought that Mercury had a dark side. It later features an explosion on Pluto.
Poul Anderson's The Stars Are Also Fire includes SM Stirling among its Acknowledgments.