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The Setting[]

"Earth is a very grim and very overcrowded dystopia, tightly controlled by "The State," which has attempted to extend its rule to an interstellar empire by seeding planets around nearby stars with life, then planting colonies. But the State finds that distant colony worlds elude its iron grip. One such colony is the unique "Smoke Ring": circling a star is a torus of atmosphere, inhabited by alien animals, enormous "integral trees," and humans which have adapted to live in zero-gee."[1]

Stories in This Universe[]

  • “Rammer” (short story; incorporated into A World Out of Time as Chapter 1)
  • “Down and Out” (short story; incorporated into A World Out of Time as Chapter 2)
  • “The Children of the State” (short story; incorporated into A World Out of Time as Chapters 3-9)
  • A World Out of Time (Fix-Up Novel incorporating the above stories)
  • The Integral Trees (novel; spinoff of A World Out of Time)
  • The Smoke Ring (novel; sequel to The Integral Trees)
  • “The Kiteman” (short story collected in N-Space; sequel to The Smoke Ring)
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See Also[]

The Léshy Circuit