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Old January 24th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Re James White, while Dr Conway's UPP does indeed figure in one of the Supplements, the Sector General series is about as far from any RPG as you can get - the plot of every story is after all 'lets heal them and give them stuff'.

Consider a White character at the beginning of a typical RPG campaign 'oh dear - yet another bar-room brawl - good thing I brought my med-kit (ducks)... wonder if this pathological behaviour is socially determined or if its apparent ubiquity suggests a deeper physiological cause'
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Consider a White character at the beginning of a typical RPG campaign 'oh dear - yet another bar-room brawl - good thing I brought my med-kit (ducks)... wonder if this pathological behaviour is socially determined or if its apparent ubiquity suggests a deeper physiological cause'
Murray Leinster wrote Med Ship (a fun read). It's protagonist runs around a large universe with lots of different planets where the main interplanetary binding is medical bureaucracy (public health) rather than any higher level government. He's part doctor, part psychologist and sociologist, part manipulator, and part capable defender.
Leinster books, downloadable, from Baen's Bar (Freebies!)

I can just envision his character talking about random brawling as a public health issue... he sounds like he'd get along well with the Sec Gen folks.
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Many of H.Beam Piper's books are available in ebook format on manybooks.net

The covers of the Piper books from the seventies were a big influence on my Traveller imagination




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2/3's through Piper's Uller Uprising, makes me wonder how influenced he was by Talbot Mundy and perhaps Kipling.

Kragan Rifles sounds a lot like Khyber Rifles
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Leinster books, downloadable, from Baen's Bar (Freebies!)

verrrrry cool

I believe I read "First Contact" many years ago and had forgotten all about it.

Thanks very much for the link.
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H. Beam Piper was a major influence on Traveller, at least IMNSHO.

You can find many of his books at Gutenberg.org
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My choices for books are:

The Swycaffer Traveller novels
Asimov, especially Foundation & Empire
Harry Harrison's Deathworld series
A.C. Clarke's SS The Sentinel (just change it to an Asteroid in the frontier)

Movies...

Solaris
Dungeons & Dragons (to introduce the idea of mixed party of adventures)
Apollo 13 (for a TL 6 civilization's return to the Stars)
Blade Runner (for a darker look at the worlds in the Core/Rim)

There are more but cannot think of them right now...

Honourable mentions would be:

Lovecraft
Tolstoy (for the 2nd Frontier War)
and many Non-Fiction titles
The Tolstoy recommendation is most intriguing and appreciated. War and Peace has amazing details on both the level of characters and larger historical forces about an important part of world history. It's a great model for world building and characterization.
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The Tolstoy recommendation is most intriguing and appreciated. War and Peace has amazing details on both the level of characters and larger historical forces about an important part of world history. It's a great model for world building and characterization.
When it comes to world-building, it would be hard to beat Hal Clement. While Mission of Gravity would not likely work for Traveller, the planet in Still River would. It could also be a bit of a treasure trove for Artifacts.

Andre Norton also was good at world-building. Take a look at Plague Ship and Voodoo Planet from the "Solar Queen" series, and Storm Over Warlock, which can be found on Project Gutenberg as well.
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When it comes to world-building, it would be hard to beat Hal Clement. While Mission of Gravity would not likely work for Traveller, the planet in Still River would. It could also be a bit of a treasure trove for Artifacts.

Andre Norton also was good at world-building. Take a look at Plague Ship and Voodoo Planet from the "Solar Queen" series, and Storm Over Warlock, which can be found on Project Gutenberg as well.
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