Acknowledgements and Justification

I started work on this campaign setting in July 2012, two months before Monte Cook posted Numenera to Kickstarter. I’d been thinking about the setting since at least January of 2012, having read Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time and re-read Silverberg’s At Winter’s End not long before. As to similarities with Cook’s new game setting (and there are several), all I can say is that great minds steal from the same great material. We both love works like the ones listed below, and it shows in the commonalities between our worlds. His, however, has more in common with fantasy settings, and mine more in common with hard science fiction.

I’ve been drawn to far future science fiction more than any other genre for most of my adult life. I love the sensations of escape and wonder, combined with the plausibility of science. My love for far future combined with an affection for the post-apocalyptic genre, both in games and movies, and that led me to really appreciate the following works (many in the Dying Earth subgenre of Science Fiction):

Books

Stephen Baxter – Ring and other stories in the Xeelee Sequence
Greg Bear – Blood Music, Eon, Eternity, City at the End of Time
Gregory Benford – Beyond Infinity
Arthur C. Clarke – Against the Fall of Night, The City and the Stars
Phillip Jose Farmer – Dark Is the Sun
William Hope Hodgeson – The Night Land
Stephen King – The Dark Tower series
H.P. Lovecraft, various works, but especially At the Mountains of Madness
Michael Moorecock – An Alien Heat
Frederik Pohl’s Gateway series
Alastair Reynolds – Revelation Space series, House of Suns, Terminal World
Robert Silverberg – Majipoor series, At Winter’s End_/_The New Springtime, Kingdoms of the Wall
Clark Ashton Smith – “Zothique” short stories
Neal Stephenson – The Diamond Age, Anathem
Bruce Sterling – Schismatrix Plus
Jack Vance – The Dying Earth books
H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
Gene Wolfe – The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, The Book of the New Sun
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness

Films

A.I.
Alien/Aliens
Blade Runner
Children of Men
Gattaca
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
The Matrix trilogy
The Time Machine (the 1960 film)
12 Monkeys
2001: A Space Odyssey

Video Games

The Fallout series
Planescape: Torment

Acknowledgements and Justification

Aeons llorenth