Future history. It's kind of an oxymoron.
But itís the sort of detailed world building (or universe building) that
I enjoy wallowing in. It's what transformed me from an
engineering-physics major to a history major a couple of decades ago
(that and a struggle with differential equations and imaginary calculus
- math is easier in history, once you realize there is no year zero).
I blame a youth misspent on fantasy, science fiction and roleplaying
games, stories and guidebooks loaded with appendixes, Tolkien, Niven,
Pournelle, Asimov, Howard, Brin, Foster, Miller and Chadwick and many
others - anyone who built a detailed and consistent imaginary place.
Since in the late eighties, armed with that not particularly
employable history degree and starting to work on a more useful business
graduate degree, I've been building my own detailed imaginary future. It's
been a sporadic effort, but the level and quantity of detail makes me
wonder if I've got some sort of mild Aspergers (among other things).
There's at least a thick book's amount of material here, and I'm aware
that it is in serious need of better editing. Most of my short
stories and both my finished and unfinished
novels (all still unpublished I'm afraid - except for on this site) are
based on this future history. So is much of my
This future history covers the period between 2052 and 6778 in detail,
though I have sketched out events from the distant past to half a
million years in the future. I picked the start date as a cusp in
history, the end of a terrible war, and a date far enough in the future
where I didn't care if I'd get contradicted (I may be wrong about that,
I'd be 87 for most of that year - one of my grandfathers made it to 100
and I hope surpass that feat). Forty-seven centuries is a long
time. It's greater than the age of the Giza pyramids; it spans the
period from Gilgamesh to Saddam Hussein. I make the assumption
that we Humans will still be around and still be (mostly) recognizably
Human by then. But I could be wrong (for sure in detail, probably
Starting in the fall of '01, partially in reaction to September 11th and
in recognition of my own mortality, I began a concerted effort to
expand, modify and document this future history. I began with a
year-by-year detailed chronology of the entire period. From that
effort spawned many tangential articles, maps and convoluted
spreadsheets detailing statistics, demographics, economics and technical
designs. This section of geir.org is a repository of all that,
including pages on aliens, technology, government, religion, maps,
languages and other miscellanea (see links on the right).
The governing premise for the documents and commentary in this future
history is that they represent data from version 7.0.3 (the 6778CE
Edition) of the PUMA (Planetary University of Morris at Alerton)
Encyclopedia, a common reference work in Coreward Human Space. The
chronologies, articles, maps and charts represent data available to
educated members of Human-centric interstellar civilizations at that
time and place.
This is definitely a work in progress. Much remains to be done.
I'm revising and expanding the chronology again from the beginning, and
that will take years. I
expect I'll still be working on it if I make it to 2052. And then,
for sure, a major rewrite - at least of the third millennium detail,
will be in order.
The index page
contains a alphabetical listing and cross reference of the various
articles in the future history.
pages contain chronologies, articles on governments, religions,
people, languages and other miscellanea.
The tech pages contain articles focused on
technologies, including spacecraft, biological transformations and
overviews of various technological epochs.
The aliens pages contain overview and detailed
information on various intelligent races.
The maps pages contain maps of various regions of
space over a range of eras.
The updates page contains links to
recently updated articles.
The Future History Project was last updated on 02/12/2011.