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"The only difference is that I can usually remember where I've read something in past history, but my future history I know without knowing how I know it."

— Edward Chalmers, "Edge of the Knife"

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A chronological complilation of future historical events from the stories and novels of H. Beam Piper's Terro-human Future History.

Atomic Era (AE) Century

1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th - 8th - 9th - 10th - 11th
12th - 13th - 14th - 15th - 16th - 17th - 18th - 19th - 20th - 21st
22nd - 23rd - 24th - 25th - 26th - 27th - 28th - 29th - 30th - 31st

Piper's note on Atomic Era dating: "The Atomic Era (AE) is reckoned as beginning on 2 December, 1942, Christian Era (CE), with the first self-sustaining nuclear reactor, put into operation by Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago. Unlike earlier dating-systems, it begins with a Year Zero—2 December, 1942, to 1 December, 1943, CE. With allowances for December overlaps, 1943 CE is thus equal to the Year Zero AE, and 1944 CE to 1 AE, and each century accordingly begins with the "double-zero" year, and ends with the ninety-nine year.
          "Dates AE and CE are converted by adding or subtracting 1943; thus 1964 CE is 21 AE, and 1066 CE is reckoned as 877 PreAtomic (PA). Atomic Era dating did not become official until 2nd December, 2143, or 200 AE. The Gregorian calendar, with all defects, was adopted, merely setting back January 1st to December 2nd. It took about fifty years for everybody to agree to it, and some fanatical relgious sects opposed it to the end of Terran Federation history."
- From "Future History No. 1."

1st Century AE

(1943-2042 AD)

0

1943

First self-sustaining nuclear fission reaction at Chicago [HBP].

2

1945

World War II ends.

27

1970

Kilroy, first unmanned rocket, launched by United States, lands on the Moon [HBP, EK].

c29

c1972

Lunar base established by United States [EK].

30

1973

"The Edge of the Knife" (published May 1957).

Khalid ib'n Hussein assassinated at Basra, anarchy and inter-faction struggles in Islamic Caliphate followed by Turkish intervention [EK].

c31

c1974

United Nations collapses [HBP, EK].

32

1975

World War III ("Thirty Days' War") [HBP, JFC].



Terran Federation formed under United States leadership [HBP, EK].

53

1996

"Omnilingual" (published February 1957).

First human expedition to Mars, discovery of extinct Martian civilization [OL].

c55-100

c1998-2043

Further exploration of Mars, Venus, Asteroid Belt, and Moons of Jupiter [HBP].

c60-105

c2003-48

First Terran Federation begins to crack under strains of colonial claims and counter-claims of member states; serious financial dislocations [HBP; JFC places first Mars colony in 108 AE and first Venus colony in 116 AE but Piper implies these must occur prior to WWIV].

92

2035

Contragravity is developed [JFC].

2nd Century AE

(2043-2142 AD)

c105

c2048

Venus secedes from the (first) Terran Federation [SV; JFC says 174 AE but HBP implies this must occur prior to WWIV].

106

2049

World War IV begins ("First Interplanetary War") [HBP, WC; UU, p. 64].

109

2052

World War IV ends [HBP; EK, pp. 21-2; WC; UU, p. 64].

114

2057

After a "debacle in the United States," Generla Lanningham brings U.S. atom bomb data to South America [UU, p. 169].

c119

c2062

South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Argentina form the second Terran Federation [HBP; JFC says 183 AE].

c127

c2070

Reformed (second) Terran Federation establishes single world sovereignty when Britain becomes the last nation to join; colonies on Mars and Luna [HBP; EK. pp. 21-2; KP].

183

2126

Dillingham hyperdrive developed [HBP].

192

2135

First expedition to Alpha Centauri [HBP; JFC says 144 AE].

3rd Century AE

(2143-2242 AD)

200

2143

Atomic Era dating adopted [HBP].

?

?

Terro-human interstellar exploration, colonization, and expansion begins [HBP; SV].

?

?

Thor discovered, Thorans encountered, Thor Company chartered [WC].

?

?

Loki discovered, Lokians encountered, Loki Company chartered [WC].

?

?

Yggdrasil discovered, Khooghra encountered, Yggdrasil Company chartered [WC].

?

?

"When in the Course—" (published in 1981)

Freya discovered, Freyans encountered, Freya Company chartered [WC]

4th Century AE

(2243-2342 AD)

c350

c2293

Marduk settled.
• "Marduk . . . had first been colonized in the Fourth Century." [SV].

c380

c2323

Fenris settled, Fenris Company chartered.
• "The chartered company that colonized [Fenris], back at the end of the Fourth Century A.E. . . ." [FDP]

c390

c2333

Chartered Fenris Company goes bankrupt, most colonists evacuated.
• "The chartered company that colonized [Fenris] . . . went bankrupt in ten years. . . ." [FDP, p. 6]

5th Century AE

(2343-2442 AD)

c480

c2423

Four-Day Planet (published in 1961).

Anton Gerrit, leader of Loki enslavement, captured on Fenris; Kapstaad Chemical Products, Ltd., monopoly on Fenris tallow wax broken by Argentine Exotic Organics.
• The Port Sandor spaceport on Fenris "was built close to a hundred years ago, when the population was" over 200,000 [FDP].

6th Century AE

(2443-2542 AD)

c500

c2443

Federation forces intervene on Fenris with nuclear weapons.
• "[What] nuclear weapons . . . did on . . . Fenris. . . ." [UU] "[The Federation will] send the Federation Space Navy, and [Uller will] get it worse than Fenris did." [UU]

526

2469

Uller Uprising (published in 1952).

Native revolt on Uller against Chartered Uller Company.
• "The Chartered Uller Company was taken over by the Government after the Uprising, in 526. . . ." [FOP]

580

2523

Jack Holloway is born.
• "Seventy-four: I was born in 580. I couldn't even estimate how much to allow for on time-differential for hyperspace trips." [FS]

7th Century AE

(2543-2642 AD)

629

2572

Zarathustra is discovered and settled [HBP; JFC; LF].

?

?

Fafnir, Imhotep and Irminsul discovered by the crew of the Hubert Penrose [NS].

c650

c2593

"Naudsonce" (published January 1962).

Svantovit discovered, Svants encountered.
• ". . . as anybody in the Seventh Century of the Atomic Era was. . . ." [NS].

c650

c2593

Poictesme is discovered by Genji Gartner and settled [GD; JFC says 603 AE].

654

2597

Little Fuzzy (published in 1962).
Fuzzy Sapiens (published in 1964).
Fuzzies and Other People (published in 1984).

Terra-Baldur-Marduk Spacelines holds monopoly on travel to Zarathustra; Zarathustran Fuzzy sapience recognized; Zarathustra reclassified from Class III to Class IV world; Zarathustra Company charter revoked [LF].

8th Century AE

(2643-2742 AD)

782

2725

Foxx Travis born, aide to commander of Federation army elements on Kwannon during the native revolt there and commander of the Third Fleet-Army Force headquartered on Poictesme during the System States War [JFC; CC; OS].

9th Century AE

(2743-2842 AD)

812

2755

"Oomphel in the Sky" (published November 1960).

Miles Gilbert and Foxx Travis thwart native revolt on Kwannon [HBP; JFC].

Aditya discovered [JFC; SS, p. 67]

839

2782

Systems States Alliance secedes from Federation [HBP].

842-854

2785-2797

System States War [HBP; JFC; CC].

851

2794

Federation forces destroy city of Kindelburg on Asmodai [CC].

855

2798

Ten thousand refugees from Abigor (named for a demon that could foretell the future and provide military advice) and the remnants of the System States Alliance navy flee the Terran Federation and settle Excalibur, the first Sword World [HBP; JFC says 854; SV].

c856

c2799

Franchard's Rise and Decline of the System States published [EK, p. 16].

c871

c2814

Conn Maxwell born [CC].

894

2837

"Graveyard of Dreams" (published February 1958).
Junkyard Planet/The Cosmic Computer (published in 1963).

Merlin, the fabled Federation battle computer, is discovered on Poictesme by Conn Maxwell [CC; JFC].

c895

c2838

Sword Worlds Joyeuse, Durendal and Flamberge colonized from Excalibur [HBP; SV].

10th Century AE

(2843-2942 AD)

c915

c2858

Sword World Haulteclere colonized from Joyeuse (Morglay? Curtana?) [HBP; SV].

c935

c2878

Sword World Gram colonized from Haulteclere (Tizona? Quernbiter? Twelfth Sword World?) [HBP; SV].

c950

c2892

Aditya abandoned by (or secedes from) Federation [SS, p. 67]

11th Century AE

(2943-3042 AD)

c1000

c2943

Interstellar Wars begin, a series of revolts and wars that lead to the collapse of the Terran Federation, begin [HBP; JFC; SV, p. 12]

12th Century AE

(3043-3142 AD)

c1100

c3043

Terran Federation completely vanished [HBP]. Assuming the "dissolution of the First Galactic Empire, in the Tenth Century of the Interstellar Era" mentioned in "Edge of the Knife" [EK p. 28] actually refers to the collapse of the Terran Federation it would be some date between approximately 1092 AE (3035 AD) and 1191 AE (3134 AD).

13th Century AE

(3143-3242 AD)

c1200

c3143

Interstellar Wars come to an end [JFC; SV, p. 12]

14th Century AE

(3243-3342 AD)

1359

3302

First Sword World ship returns from voyage to Old Federation; Aditya occupied by Morglay [SV, p. 10; SS, p. 87; JFC; HBP says approximately 1450 AE].

15th Century AE

(3343-3442 AD)

c1450

c3393

First Sword-World ships enter Old Federation space-volume [HBP; see 1359 AE]

16th Century AE

(3443-3542 AD)

c1595

c3538

After an unsuccessful raid on Aton by six ships from Haulteclere, Space Vikings no longer raid 'civilized' worlds in the Old Federation [SV, p. 135, pp. 162-3; JFC says 1503].

17th Century AE

(3543-3642 AD)

c1600

c3542

Aditya in the Old Federation abandoned during dynastic war on Morglay [SS, p. 65, p. 68].

c1615

c3558

Skathi in the Old Federation is deserted by Space Vikings [SV, p. 182; JFC says 1473].

c1650

c3593

Marduk-Odin 'false war' [SV, p. 166, p. 191]

c1665

c3608

During war between Aton and Baldur, the Planetary Nationalist Party takes power on Aton and forms a dictatorship [SV p. 151; JFC says 1548 AE].

18th Century AE

(3643-3742 AD)

c1716

c3659

Space Viking (published in 1962-63).

Lucas Trask leaves Gram for Tanith in the Old Federation [SV, p. 10]

c1723

c3666

Battle of Adhumla between Trask's nascent League and Dunnan's Space Vikings [SV].

c1725

c3668

With support from Haulteclere and Space Viking fleet from Xochitl, exiled Duke Omfray of Glaspyth attempts to overthrow King Angus of Gram [SV].

Battle of Marduk between alliance of Trask's nascent League and loyalist Mardukan forces and Dunnan's Space Vikings and Makann's Mardukan usurpers [SV].

c1730

c3673

King Lucas of Tanith and Prince Simon of Marduk establish League of Civilized Worlds [HBP; SV].

19th Century AE

(3743-3842 AD)

c1880

c3823

House of Bentrick on Marduk dissolves League of Civilized Worlds and proclaims (first) Galactic Empire [HBP; SS, p. 87; JFC says 1848].

20th Century AE

(3843-3942 AD)

1900

3843

Imperial Era (IE) dating system begins; 20th Century AE corresponds to 1st Century IE [HBP].

c1980

c3923

Emperor Steven IV transfers capital of Galactic Empire from Marduk ot Odin [HBP; JFC says 1936 AE].

21st Century AE

(3943-4042 AD)

c2035

c3978

Sword Worlds added to the Galactic Empire [HBP; JFC says 1904 AE].

22nd Century AE

(4043-4142 AD)

c2150

c4093

"A Slave is a Slave" (published April 1962).

Aditya conquered by the Galactic Empire [SS].

23rd Century AE

(4143-4242 AD)

c2295

c4238

Rodrik VI completes consolidation of (first) Galactic Empire [HBP; JFC says 2162 AE].

24th Century AE

(4243-4342 AD)




25th Century AE

(4343-4442 AD)




26th Century AE

(4443-4542 AD)




27th Century AE

(4543-4642 AD)




28th Century AE

(4643-4742 AD)




29th Century AE

(4743-4842 AD)

c2850?

c4793?

The "dissolution of the First Galactic Empire, in the Tenth Century of the Interstellar Era" [EK p. 28; if it is assumed that "Interstellar Era" was meant to be "Imperial Era" this date conflicts with the date provided in Piper for "Ministry of Disturbance," set during the first Galactic Empire].

30th Century AE

(4843-4942 AD)




31st Century AE

(4943-5042 AD)

c3050

c4993

"Ministry of Disturbance" (published December 1958).

Emperor Paul XXII and Prince Yorn Travann "undertake to arouse the Empire to new efforts" [JFC says 2936 AE].




301st Century AE

(31,943-32,042 AD)

c30,050

c31,993

"The Keeper" (published July 1957).

Scholar/explorers at the height of the Fifth Galactic Empire discover that a glacial Terra was the birthplace of humanity.



Mike McGuirk's Terro-human Future History Timeline.



Chronology sources:

[HBP] "Future History No. 1," H. Beam Piper, in Zenith #4, May 1964 (fanzine, Peter Weston, ed.), pp. 11-14.
[JFC] "Terrohuman Future History Chronolgy," John F. Carr, in Empire, John F. Carr, ed., New York: Ace, pp. vi-viii.

[EK] "The Edge of the Knife," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Empire, Ace paperback.
[OL] "Omnilingual," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Federation, Ace paperback.
[WC] "When in the Course&mdash,"H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Federation, Ace paperback.
[FDP] Four-Day Planet, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Four-Day Planet and Lone Star Planet, Ace paperback.
[UU] Uller Uprising, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[NS] "Naudsonce," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Federation, Ace paperback.
[LF] Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[FS] Fuzzy Sapiens, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[FOP] Fuzzies and Other People, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[OS] "Oomphel in the Sky," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Federation Ace paperback.
[GD] "Graveyard of Dreams," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Federation, Ace paperback.
[CC] The Cosmic Computer (aka Junkyard Planet), H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[SV] Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Ace paperback.
[SS] "A Slave is a Slave," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Empire, Ace paperback.
[MD] "Ministry of Disturbance," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Empire, Ace paperback.
[KP] "The Keeper," H. Beam Piper, page numbers from Empire, Ace paperback.


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