Welcome to the Commonwealth Universe.
The Commonwealth is a sprawling galactic civilization, and the stories span over a thousand years of history, from the destruction of the first civlization, which called itself the Central Allied Worlds, through the barbarism of the Downfall, through the era of rebirth, and traveling back to the stars.
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Wonder where you are in the story? Use this handy history to learn a little about the timeline and what books are available and planned for the future:
Before the Commonwealth existed, there was an expanding, multi-
During this period, the Set'ri and other groups of genetic terrorists came to power, demanding the "purification" of the human genome and the destruction of all those races that did not meet their narrow standards, and therefore did not qualify as true Humans. Their targets included the Wrinkleship pilots and Khybors, people who had been affected at the genetic level by khrystal -
See: Norbra's Children * Khybors: In the Beginning
During this period, the CAW was wracked with increasing waves of rebellion and revolutions, one government after another taking over the CAW and then falling. The colonies suffered abuses, sometimes having no idea which government was in power when another government or military ship arrived at their planet. Those colonists who understood history and were able to look ahead anticipated the destruction of the CAW, and prepared their colonies to be cut off permanently from all others.
Coming: The Talon: The Hero's Mask * Song of the Nightskimmer
The period of darkness and barbarism that followed is referred to as the Downfall. Various groups of people fled the CAW, as they became endangered or more powerful people tried to have them classified as mutants or non-
See Sunsinger #7 * Leap Ships * Virtually Dead
Within a century, Vidan was again reaching out to the stars -
During the time of isolation and silence between the planets and galaxies, many of the lost and abandoned CAW colonies had not only survived but thrived. They remembered their abandonment and the harsh generations of the Downfall. They refused to join the Commonwealth, and instead formed their own confederacy known as the Conclave. These independent planets and star systems formed a profit-
See: True Caderi * Hoven Quest * The Meruk Episodes * Virtually Dead * (Sunsinger books) Gemar and Aramar.
The Commonwealth is a representational government, headed by the Commonwealth Council, which convenes on the asteroid-
Early in the fourth century of space flight, the Scout Corps formed, aided by the Spacers, the Order, and Leapers, to provide faster aid to colonies on the edge of civilization. They have full authority to act as police force, judge and jury. Aided by the Order, they are the explorers and special forces unit of the Commonwealth.
See: the Sunsinger books (10-
Coming: Lin of Sunsinger * The Chorillan Cycle (re-
Some groups of people managed to get hold of ships and flee to distant galaxies. Using sleeper ships, they could spend centuries in travel and no one would age. This caused problems later, when different waves of refugees landed on the same planet, and the newcomers came into conflict with those who had been there for centuries.
See: Wind Walker * Moonbirds
Coming: Stone City * Null and Void * Always Running * The Peace Village
The planet Vidan, the center of the CAW, degraded into a world filled with petty city-
From the chaos on Vidan, a holy scholar named Kilvordi discovered the legacy of their ancestors' arrogance lived on. He and others he gathered around him were the Undying -
Coming: Healer * Scholar * Grief * Reborn * Vision * Phoenix Under Glass * Soloana
Kilvordi and his followers put their legacy to good use, taking great risks and devoting lifetimes to regain the lost knowledge and technology of First Civ. The Church supported his efforts and established the Order of Kilvordi -
TITLES in somewhat rough chronological order in First Civ and Downfall and Commonwealth history:
Khybors: In the Beginning
Nova Vendetta #1: The Injustice
Nova Vendetta #2: The Truce
The Saddle and the Sleuth
The Pirate and the Professor
The Sunsinger books: Sunsinger, Spacer's Creed, Dead World, The Lady and the Order, Fever, University, Leap Ships, Aramar, Gemar, Scouts
The Meruk Episodes