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World of the Maurai

"After Armageddon the People of the Sea created a new kind of civilization, one based on the integrity of Life and the moral as well as pragmatic necessity of conservation.  But the Sky People live by a different vision, and they have come to enforce it. . . ."
Maurai & Kith (back cover)

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The World of the Maurai is a post-apocalyptic setting which begins several centuries after an unspecificed collapse of civilization on Earth.  Most of the knowledge—and some of the artifacts—of pre-collapse civilization remain in this new world but industrial capabilities are limited because much of the planet's natural resources have been depleted.  The Maurai, a sea-faring nation based in the islands of the Pacific, are perhaps the most advanced society in the world and use their influence—and when necessary, their military power—to enforce moderate development in other nations across the planet.

(Anderson conceived of the Maurai setting after reading The Challenge of Man's Future by Harrison Brown.  It culminates in the novel Orion Shall Rise which incorporates ideas inspired by the 1950's Project Orion.)


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"The Sky People," cover illustration by Ed Emshwiller, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1959.

Anderson's first Mauri story was "The Sky People" published in the March 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  Subsequent Maurai stories were published in 1962 and 1973.  A final Maurai novel, Orion Shall Rise, was published in 1983.  This section contains a comprehensive list of Anderson's Maurai stories and novels, including republishings and reprintings.


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Orion Shall Rise, cover illustration by Darrell K. Sweet (served by L. W. Currey)

Cover and dust jacket llustrations from Maurai stories and novels, including republishings and reprintings, and other Maurai-related artwork.


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"The Sky People," cover illustration by Thomas Kidd, Maurai & Kith

A chronological complilation of major Maurai future historical events.

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