Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Philippe born in Selenopolis, a spaceport and manufacturing center;
family moved a lot because of father's work;
Philippe spent several impressionable years among the crime and poverty of Venus, which had never been satisfactorily terraformed;
he joined the Navy not from chauvinism (no?) but to see the universe;
saw several planets for two or three years before commencing pilot training;
commanded a Meteor in the attack on Avalon;
lost his ship and crew and was captured but escaped but only as an unwitting pawn in an Avalonian maneuver;
was hospitalized during the disastrous landing on Avalon;
hoped to settle on Avalon with Tabitha Falkayn but their relationship did not last and she married Chris Holm.
I would like to know more about the Sociodynamic Service.
Selenopolis must be on the Moon?
Philippe recalls Dominic Flandry in that he "...stretched to the limit the tolerance granted officers as regards their dress uniforms - rakishly tilted bonnet..." etc (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 487).
Flandry also lost his first command.
However, Flandry always turned the tables on his enemies and did not disapprove of mixed colonies.