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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:20 pm 
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Hi Kurt, work and life are keeping me away from the yards for the time being but you can call me any time to talk, you are among friends here, don’t feel you have to suffer alone xx


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Thanks, Ivan! Much appreciated!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:33 pm 
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I was talking with someone today about Lady H (she comes into a place I frequent and we've talked about what we like to write) and was asked about what inspires me or that I use as source material and thought I might hare some (not all) with the group.

One of the most influential books, and one of my top 10 of all books, is Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's "The Mote In God's Eye". This story starts after a battle between the 2nd Empire and some secessionists when something alien is discovered entering the system and falling towards the star. Niven and Pournelle, for this book, tried to keep as much real world physics as possible and only changed enough to allow the story to work. After the probe is recovered it sparks a debate about what to do next; humanity, despite being in space for almost 1000 years, there has never been contact with a sentient alien race.

The book covers some of the history of humanity in space, does a smashing good job of creating a truly alien race (both in physiology and culture), and reminds us that just because someone isn't as advanced as us (in the things we think are important) doesn't mean that they're stupid...in short, it warns us not to be British Colonials in Asia and Africa. ;-)

The book was followed about 20 years later by a sequel, "The Gripping Hand", which was good and focused more on the Moties' biology.

Pournelle, however, in the years before and after TMIGE was published, with a few other writers, filled out the history of the CoDominium (the government that rose when the US and Soviet Union decided to join forces and look to the stars), 1st Empire, the Secession Wars Era (~2610-~2640), and then here and there a bit about the rise of the 2nd Empire. Most of the works penned by Pournelle were written from 1973-1990, when he launched the "War World" series. This was a "shared world" that he created and allowed other writers to help develop the world of Haven and descendants of the Sauron heavy cruiser Fomoria.

Of all the human "cultures" that speculative fiction has created, the Saurons are among my favorite and Galen Diettinger my favorite character.

As normal for Pournelle, he captures the military mind and is able to write both Imperial and Sauron culture with gravitas and without tuning either into caricature or joke. The book I'm reading now, "War World: The Battle for Sauron", fills in the blanks of what happened, and why, during the final major battle of the Secession War.

If you are into military science fiction and want to read some of what has influenced me, you don't need to read a couple thousand pages of prose. Instead, I would start with "War World: The Battle For Sauron" and if you find you like the story and the "world", you can move onto the War World series which covers the several hundred years after Diettinger and Fomoria arrive on the world, or you can go to "The Mote In God's Eye" (which is what I would suggest).

One word...Despite taking place 1000 years in the future, "The Mote In God's Eye" is very much a book written in the early 1970s; there are very few female characters in key positions or in uniform. "War World: The Battle For Sauron", is different in that regard. First, the story about the battle of Tanith was written in the late 1980s and from the Sauron point of view. The Saurons made no distinction on military roles being limited by sex; male or female, it didn't matter - if you could do the job, you got the job. Second, the remainder of the book was written in the early 2000's and published in 2007, so while it is also from the Sauron point of view, you'll see a more even mix of sexes in the story.

Anyway, that's that. When we get to ground forces, maybe I'll discuss the Winged Hussars and Hammer's Slammers and how they've influenced me...

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:09 am 
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Damn Kurt, we share some authors and series.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:41 pm 
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rit57 wrote:
Damn Kurt, we share some authors and series.


I wonder if Niven and Pournelle realize just how influential they were when they wrote The Mote In God's Eye and early CoDominium stories? If you look at the tech and how the "world" was created, Marc Miller lifted in almost exactly as it was written when he developed the 3rd Imperium for Traveller (Role Playing Game), another very influential body of work.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:03 am 
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I agree with you in regards to Marc Miller in Traveller, I prefered to play in the 3rd Imperium when we played Traveller. BTW Sister Matter the thinks you wrote the last chapter to piss her off.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:33 am 
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I agree, the 3d Imperium was the best setting. What did I do to upset Sister Matter?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:05 am 
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Sorry that was suppose to say Sister Margaret not Sister Matter.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:20 am 
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Cool...so what did I write to upset her?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:17 pm 
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Poly as normal , it didn't help the other ladies kept needling her, nothing out of the ordinary.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:41 pm 
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Ah...the hippies on the planet?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:02 am 
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Yep,


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:49 am 
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Every story needs hippies...including one that sounds like Shaggy!

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I'll tell her that on Saturday.


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Back on the horse...did some more writing tonight and some major...and I do mean major...plot elements for the "after the Cylons" arc have been revealed.


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