Monday, 29 February 2016
tackle the sequel.
An sf novel gains substance when it is incorporated into a future history series. Spot the odd man out in this list:
an imminent cosmic collision is detected by the inhabitants of the spindizzy-powered planet, He, as it flies between galaxies;
the Ringworld is explored by a Puppeteer, a kzin, a man and a teela;
the Mote System is explored by the warships MacArthur and Lenin from the Second Empire of Man;
the planets Ythri and Gray/Avalon were discovered during the Grand Survey;
the planet Merseia, shielded from supernova radiation by agents of the Polesotechnic League, later became the principal adversary of the Terran Empire;
the planet Satan is exploited by the Solar Spice & Liquors Company;
the planet Mirkheim is exploited by the Supermetals Company until the Baburites go to war over it;
Avalon, jointly colonized by human beings and Ythrians, is attacked by Terran Imperials, including a Cynthian and a Jerusalem Catholic;
a Wodenite Jerusalem Catholic enters the Patrician System just before Admiral Magnusson, a Merseian sleeper, rebels against the Terran Empire;
the Cloud Universe is explored by a Ranger of the Commonalty;
Orbitsville is colonized by human beings from a future Earth.