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Encyclopedia > Raj Whitehall

The General (also known as the Raj Whitehall series after the lead character) is a set of military science fiction books written by S.M. Stirling from an outline by David Drake. Clearly inspired by the Byzantine commander Belisarius, the series shares numerous common elements with the more recent Belisarius series by Drake and Eric Flint. Military science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction where interstellar or interplanetary conflict and its armed solution (war) make up the main or partial backdrop of the story. ... Stephen Michael Stirling is a Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. ... David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is a successful author of science fiction and fantasy literature. ... Belisarius, to the right of Emperor Justinian I, in the mosaic in Ravenna that celebrates the reconquest of Italy, performed by the Byzantine army under the skilful leadership of Belisarius himself. ... The Belisarius Series is a collection of novels written by David Drake and Eric Flint and published by Baen Books. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ...

Contents


Books

Original series

Centering on Raj Ammenda Halgern da Luis Whitehall

  1. The Forge (1991)
  2. The Hammer (1992)
  3. The Anvil (1993)
  4. The Steel (1993)
  5. The Sword (1995)

The first two books were also published as an omnibus Warlord (2003), with the next three in another as Conqueror (2003). 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Follow-on series

  1. The Chosen (1996)
  2. The Reformer (1999)
  3. The Tyrant (by Eric Flint, 2002)

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Plot

The first 5 books are set on the planet Bellevue. Previously part of a high-technology galactic civilization, planetary civilization collapsed during "the Fall", when extensive fusion bomb destruction greatly reduced the planet's population and technology level. Technology has redeveloped only slowly, The most advanced groups have reached the level of double-expansion steam engines, wrapped brass-cartridge breech-loading rifles (Martini-Henry lock or very similar) or lever-action carbines, cast-steel breech-loading cannon, simple revolvers, etc. Progress has slowed at this point: the breech-loading rifle was adopted over two-hundred years ago, but other groups still use flint-locks or percussion cap weapons. A steam engine is an external combustion heat engine that makes use of the thermal energy that exists in steam, converting it to mechanical work. ... The Martini-Henry (also known as the Peabody-Martini-Henry) was a breech-loading lever-actuated rifle adopted by the British, combining an action worked on by Friedrich von Martini (based on the Peabody rifle developed by Henry Peabody), with the rifled barrel designed by Scotsman Alexander Henry. ...


The concept of technology has become the basis for a schismatic religion, the Holy Federation with priestly Hierarchs, Sysups and so on, an inquisition called Anti-Viral Cleansers. The people speak various mangled tongues, including Sponglish, Spanjol and Namerique, with elements of English, French and Spanish apparent. At the time of the Fall the planet had no horses, so now cavalry is mounted on 1000-lb dogs of various breeds. The word schism (IPA: or ), from the Greek σχισμα, schisma (from σχιζω, schizo, to split), means a division or a split, usually in an organization. ... Kircholm, a 1925 painting by Wojciech Kossak. ...


The books begin in the Year of the Fall 1103, when the protagonist, Raj Whitehall, stumbles across a working remnant of the old technology, "Center", which he assumes is an angel. Center is actually a "sentient artificial entity of photonic subsystems tasked with the politico-military supervision" of Bellvue. Center tasks Whitehall with uniting Bellevue and provides him with a constant mental link, strategy assessments and simulations, historical data, and a number of other handy features as aid.


True to their historical model the books focus on the convoluted "strategic offensive, tactical defensive" campaigns of General Whitehall around the Midworld Sea and his fraught relation with his paranoid 'emperor' - Governor Barholm Clerett - and the avaricious Chancellor Tzetzas. Whitehall's nation is called the Civil Government, amongst his opponents are the Military Governments of the Brigade, and the Squadron, and the Islamic Colonists.


Chosen series

In the follow-up novels, Center, along with the recorded mind of Raj Whitehall, are sent to the planet Visager to help boost that society to the point where it too can join what has now become Bellvue's multi-world Federation. This time, Center recruits two brothers, Jeffrey Farr and John Hosten, to help remake a world. Standing in their way is a nation of eugenically bred warriors called the Chosen, the strongest, most technologically advanced military force on the planet, who believe that all non-Chosen are merely slaves who haven't been caught yet.


External links

  • Raj Whitehall Universe listing at SciFan
    • Series listing for original series at SciFan
    • Series listing for follow-on series at SciFan

 
 

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