History & Science Fiction
You can't get away from history. When I finished writing up the Seven Years' War and turned to science fiction, I thought I was leaving the past behind for a while. But Earth's recent and distant pasts provided the background for most of my stories. To share this background with interested readers, I've pulled together a few links and sources for each story, along with whatever commentary came to mind.
- "Balkan Star," On Spec, vol. XII, no. 4, Winter, 2000 (February, 2001), pp. 70-82.
- "Starfleet Historians: History and Historians in Contemporary Science Fiction", address to the University of Ottawa History Students' Association Annual Gala, Chateau Laurier Hotel (29 April, 1994).
- Most of the historians I know appreciate the future as much as the past. So when the history students asked me to speak at their annual gala, I obliged with this assessment of our Starfleet colleagues.
- Historians and Science Fiction
- "Terra Nullius." (seeking a market)
- The most ruthless alien invaders in science fiction history. "Who'd have thought that instead of starship fleets or Borg cubes, they'd send a lawyer?"
- legal concepts Sargon
- "Appropriate Technology/Appropriate Magic." (seeking a market)
The top left and bottom right images are details from David Rickman, Eastern Woodland Indians, middle of the eighteenth century, Department of National Defence. The top right and bottom left images are
NASA photos of
M16-the Eagle Nebula, prepared by the Space Telescope Science Institute.