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Poul Anderson's Science-Fiction Future Histories

"Uniting [the Dominic Flandry and Nicholas van Rijn] stories gave Anderson the nucleus of a future history 5000 years long which now numbers more than 40 separate items including 11 full-length novels.  It is the most remarkable achievement of its kind in sf."

— Sandra Miesel, "Lurex and Gold," Agent of the Terran Empire

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The Psychotechnic League, Tor 1981, cover illustration by Vincent Di Fate.
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Psychotechnic League

Anderson's first future history, comprised of stories first published mostly between 1950 and 1957, chronicles the rebirth of human civilization after a devastating world war and humanity's subsequent advance into the stars.  Anderson's original timeline of the series was published alongside the novella "The Snows of Ganymede" in the Winter 1955 issue of Startling Stories and most of the stories were reissued in the collections The Psychotechnic League, Cold Victory and Starship published in the early 1980s.


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The Man Who Counts, Ace 1978, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.
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Technic Civilization

Anderson's most renown future history, including tales of Nicholas Van Rijn and David Falkayn, Traders of the Polesotechnic League (published in collections like Trader to the Stars and The Trouble Twisters and novels like Satan's World and Mirkheim), and of Dominic Flandry, Agent of the Terran Empire (published in collections like Agent of the Terran Empire and Flandry of Terra and novels like Ensign Flandry, The Rebel Worlds, A Circus of Hells, The Day of Their Return, A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows and A Stone in Heaven), consists of dozens of stories and novels first published between 1952 and 1985.


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Maurai and Kith, Tor 1982, cover illustration by Thomas Kidd (from "The Sky People").


World of the Maurai

A post-apocalyptic Earth of the distant future where industrial resources and technological know-how are scarce, comprised of three stories first published between 1959 and 1973 (and included in the 1982 collection Maurai and Kith) and the 1983 novel Orion Shall Rise.


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"Renascence," Analog, March 1995, cover illustration by George Krauter.
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Fireball and Anson Guthrie

The tales of Anson Guthrie, one of the first humans to have his consciousness "downloaded" into a computer, describe the evolution of humanity into space and eventually to the stars.  The series, beginning with Harvest of Stars, consists of four novels and a novelet first published between 1993 and 1997.



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