The Terro-Human Future History is Piper's detailed account of the next 6000 years of human history.1942, the year the first fission reactor was constructed, is defined as the year 1 A.E. (Atomic Era). In 1973, a nuclear war devastates the planet, eventually laying the groundwork for the emergence of a Terran Federation, once humanity goes into space and develops antigravity technology.
It's important to note that many of these stories work fine as stand-alone books and you don't necessarily have to read them in order.
The story "The Edge of the Knife" (Book One) occurs slightly before the war, and involves a man who sees flashes of the future. It links many key elements of Piper's series.
Most of the stories take place during the next millennium, during the age of the two Federations. Most notable among these novels Little Fuzzy, which concerns the recognition of a peculiar alien species as sapient, and the efforts of the two species to learn to live together on the Fuzzies' home adopted world of Zarathustra.
The Federation collapses in the System States War and following Interstellar Wars (a bit of which can be seen in Book Eight: The Cosmic Computer), leading to a lengthy time of instability, during which there is no central human power. Space Viking is set in this chaotic period.
Piper's future history resemble in some ways Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, and was probably influenced by it.
This volume includes two of the most loved science fiction stories ever written:
Little Fuzzy—The story revolves around determining whether a small furry species discovered on the planet Zarathustra is sapient. Along the way a gentle kind of libertarianism that emphasizes sincerity and honesty is advocated. But things are not as simple or as nice as they appear to be...
Space Viking—One day, a starship rediscovered the Old Federation. Civilization had collapsed, presumably due to the war; many of the planets had regressed to varying stages of semi-barbarism. Taking advantage of the situation, space vikings proceeded to raid the poorly defended Federation worlds over the next three hundred years for loot.
In the face of this isolation and the political instability, Lucas Trask, seeks to avenge his wife's murderer and discover his true destiny...
In this volume:
Book One: The Edge of the Knife
Book Two: Omnilingual
Book Three: Four-Day Planet
Book Four: Uller Uprising
Book Five: Naudsonce
Book Six: Little Fuzzy
Book Seven: Oomphel in the Sky
Book Eight: The Cosmic Computer
Book Nine: Space Viking
Book Ten: A Slave is a Slave
Book Eleven: Ministry of Disturbance
Book Twelve: The Keeper
A must-read for classic sci-fi and pulp-fiction fans!
eBook Little Fuzzy, Space Viking and Other Terro-Human Future History Stories