Friday, 15 January 2016
Early Interstellar Travel II
Here, I began to reflect on early interstellar travel in Poul Anderson's Psychotechnic History. Since then, I have profitably reread "The Troublemakers" as far as here.
Of the three lost FTL ships:
one became the first Nomad (see first link);
one founded a women only colony;
the crew of the third ship were stranded on an inhabited planet, as recounted in "Star Ship."
As I had suspected, the crew of the Star Ship in "Star Ship" are a small exploratory team, not the nucleus of a colony.
In the FTL period of the Psychotechnic History:
"Gypsy," "Star Ship" and "Virgin Planet" are a trilogy about lost starships;
"Teucan," "The Pirate" and The Peregrine are a trilogy about human-alien interactions;
"Star Ship" is also about human-alien interactions;
"The Acolytes" and "The Green Thumb" remain uncollected as yet;
"The Chapter Ends" is a far future culmination of mankind's conflicts with itself and its environment.
I must now return to SM Stirling's Draka History when I can establish how far I have read in The Stone Dogs.