The Florians

TitleThe Florians
Year for Search1976
AuthorsStableford, Brian M[ichael](1948-2024)
Pagination158 pp.
Date Published1976
PublisherDAW Books
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

First of the six volume Daedalus Mission series in which the purpose of the Daedalus is to contact colony planets to find out what has happened and help if needed. The first planet contact, Floria, appears idyllic society, but the Planners have created an unequal society by limiting knowledge. The second volume is Critical Threshold. New York: DAW Books, 1977. 160 pp. In it, a colony that should have thrived has collapsed. The third volume is Wildeblood's Empire. New York: DAW Books, 1977. 192 pp. This colony, originally called Poseidon, has become an apparently thriving empire named after leader. Of course, the reality is different, and it is actually an authoritarian dystopia. The fourth volume, set on the planet Arcadia is The City of the Sun. New York: DAW Books, 1978. 189 pp. U.K. ed. London: Hamlyn 1980 had modelled its system on Tommaso Campanella’s (1568-1639) La Città del Sole (1611) but with changes that made it more dystopian than eutopian.  The fifth book is set on the planet Attica Balance of Power. New York DAW Books, 1979. 173 pp. and concerns a failing human colony, and its interactions with an alien colony also on the planet. The final volume, Paradox of the Sets. New York: DAW Books, 1979. 176 pp. is set on the Planet Geb where humans have enslaved what appears to be a semi-intelligent native population. All volumes are concerned with both the ecology of the planets and the forms of society established.

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Author Note

The author (1948-2024) has a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology.

Full Text

1976 Stableford, Brian M[ichael] (1948-2024). The Florians. New York: DAW Books. 158 pp. PSt

First of the six volume Daedalus Mission series in which the purpose of the Daedalus is to contact colony planets to find out what has happened and help if needed. The first planet contact, Floria, appears idyllic society, but the Planners have created an unequal society by limiting knowledge. The second volume is Critical Threshold. New York: DAW Books, 1977. 160 pp. In it, a colony that should have thrived has collapsed. The third volume is Wildeblood's Empire. New York: DAW Books, 1977. 192 pp. This colony, originally called Poseidon, has become an apparently thriving empire named after leader. Of course, the reality is different, and it is actually an authoritarian dystopia. The fourth volume, set on the planet Arcadia is The City of the Sun. New York: DAW Books, 1978. 189 pp. U.K. ed. London: Hamlyn 1980 had modelled its system on Tommaso Campanella’s (1568-1639) La Città del Sole (1611) but with changes that made it more dystopian than eutopian.  The fifth book is set on the planet Attica Balance of Power. New York DAW Books, 1979. 173 pp. and concerns a failing human colony, and its interactions with an alien colony also on the planet. The final volume, Paradox of the Sets. New York: DAW Books, 1979. 176 pp. is set on the Planet Geb where humans have enslaved what appears to be a semi-intelligent native population. All volumes are concerned with both the ecology of the planets and the forms of society established. The author has a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology.