Wednesday, April 4, 2018

More Traveller Literary History

John Eric Holmes, author of the Basic Edition of the World's Most Popular Role-playing game, also wrote another book, Fantasy Role Playing Games: Dungeons, Dragons, and Adventures in Fantasy gaming.  

In it he discusses a number of games that were on the market in 1980, including Traveller. He mentions, on page 46, a number of 'modern authors' from whose works Traveller is derived. The list is:

  • Poul Anderson
  • E.C. Tubb
  • Robert Heinlein
  • Larry Niven
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • E.E. "Doc" Smith
"to mention a few."

I would add to that list for my own TU and games:
  • Andre Norton
  • Leigh Brackett
  • H Beam Piper
  • David Weber
  • Harry Harrison
  • Alfred Coppel
  • and Edgar Rice Burroughs

Who inspires you to adventure in the realm of Traveller ?


  1. Frank Herbert's Dune has the biggest sci-fi stamp as far as books go, the movie Alien for film and then anything from 70's-80's Heavy Metal magazine.

  2. Good lists. All I could add would be Asimov, Pournelle, Drake, Haldeman, and Stross. Widening the genre net, I got mileage out of Hammett and Edgar Wallace too.

  3. Lately it’s been Ann Leckie with Ancillary Justice.

  4. Andre Norton's "Solar Queen" series.
    David Brin's "Uplift" books.
    KB Wagers' "Indranan War" trilogy.
    Elizabeth Moon's various SF book series.
    Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series and spinoffs.

  5. Bertram Chandler's Grimes series is an obvious influence on the game and should be listed among the top handful after Tubb, Norton, and Anderson.