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The Psychotechnic League
The Psychotechnic League
Author: Poul Anderson
ISBN-13: 9780523485027
ISBN-10: 0523485026
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 285
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Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Book Type: Paperback
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In the beginning was World War III, and out of the flames was born a new civilization, a new humanity dedicated to one world rather than to many nations, to one peace rather than many wars. Never again on Planet Earth would one group of humans 'defend' themselves against another group equally convinced that all their actions were 'defensive.' Never again on Planet Earth . . .
But cycles repeat themselves endlessly. Earth is only the beginning of the human story. Next come planet against planet and then the stars themselves. Through it all the impersonal forces of historical necessity will tend to force that story into the pathways of tyranny, stasis and war. And in the end they must prevail, but ever will humankind win free once more.
By the creator of The Polesotechnicue League and Dominic Flandry.
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The Psychotechnic League is a future history created by science fiction writer Poul Anderson. The name "Psychotechnic League" was coined by Sandra Miesel in the early 1980s, to capitalize on Anderson's better-known Polesotechnic League future history. Anderson published 21 novels, novellas and short stories set in this future between 1949 and 1957, with a 22nd published in 1968.

Anderson did not write the stories in chronological order; instead, as Robert A. Heinlein did with his own Future History stories, he wrote whichever story in the series he wanted to, and trusted his readers to make the connections between them. Anderson included a series timeline in the Winter 1955 issue of Startling Stories to accompany the novella "The Snows of Ganymede".

By the late 1950s, Anderson's political beliefs had altered to the point where he was uncomfortable with the political philosophy underlying the series, and he abandoned it. In particular, he had completely reversed his earlier strong support for the United Nations as the nucleus of a world government, a stance which formed the main plot element of several earlier stories in the series.
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"In the beginning was World War III...
Out of the flames was born a new civilization, a new humanity dedicated to one world rather than to many nations, to one peace rather than many wars. Never again on Planet Earth would one group of humans "defend" themselves against another goup equally convinced that all their actions were "defensive". Never again on Planet Earth. But cycles repeat themselves endlessly; Earth is only the beginning of the human story. Next comes planet against planet, and then the stars themselves. Through it all impersonal forces of historical necessity will tend to force that story into the pathways of tyranny, stasis, and war. And in the end they must prevail. But ever will humankind win free once more..."