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The Last Space Viking*

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Cover art by Alan Gutierrez


About the Book:

The Last Space Viking by John F. Carr and Mike Robertson takes place a hundred years after Lucas Trask founded the League of Civilized Worlds. Many changes have occurred in the Old Federation and King Trask's plans for a new galaxy order are brought to a sudden halt when a new power emerges from the ashes of the Old Federation. Will King Rodrik the First of Tanith be able to salvage his grandfather's dream, or become a tool of the new Mardukan Empire?

Space Vikings have been raiding and terrorizing the worlds of the Old Federation for hundreds of years. Great fortunes have been made and hundreds of planets conquered and despoiled. Unfortunately, the Sword-Worlds have gone into tehir own decline just as the League of Civilized Worlds is faced with its greatest defeat. Soon, the first real threat to Space Viking domination must be overcome and brought to heel. Will the disparate Space Vikings join together, or be sent packing back to the Sword-Worlds in defeat?

Captain David Morland of Joyeuse might well be the last of the great Space Viking captains. He emerges at a time when the Old Federation is changing, and not for the better. All Morland wants is his own Space Viking base world to use as a place for organizing raids and trading parties into the thousands of worlds of the long-dead Federation. Generations of Space Viking marauders have taken their toll and plunder-worthy planets have declined as more and more of the Old Federation worlds have slipped into barbarism. But first, Morland has to find the right world and conquer it before he's discovered by a new power determined to end the Space Viking menace, one way or another!


* Part of the Friedsam Library Collection

Archival Holdings:

Last Space Viking: Working Notes [hand-written notecards]


Physical Description:

A set of 4x6” notecards containing relevant to Carr’s novel, Last Space Viking. The notes mostly contain information about ancient Persian gods and cities.


Last Space Viking: Notes [miscellaneous]


Physical Description:

A collection of notes, images, and correspondence related to Last Space Viking. The images are maps of continents referenced in the story. The file also contains several typed copies of the novel’s dramatis personae, several of which bear handwritten notes in black ink. Finally, the file also contains printed email correspondence discussing the continuity of Last Space Viking.


Last Space Viking: Decker Copyedit [typescript]


Physical Description:

A copy of the Last Space Viking manuscript. In an initialed note dated 3/29/2011 in black ink, Carr writes, “Copy-edited MS from Dwight Decker. Received on 12/30/2010. Blue marks by Dwight: black marks by JFC.” The cover of the manuscript also bears notes written in blue ink by Decker. Throughout the manuscript there are many notes written in blue ink by Decker, which were followed up in black in by Carr.


Last Space Viking: Victoria MS [typescript]


Physical Description:

A copy of the Last Space Viking manuscript. In an initialed note dated 4/8/2011, Carr writes, “Corrected final MS (?) by Victoria Carr 3/12/2011. Red corrections are Victoria’s, black are JFC.” The manuscript contains multiple corrections written in red ink by Victoria Carr, in addition to several written in black ink by John Carr.


Last Space Viking: Emails [typescript]


Physical Description:

Various emails regarding the Last Space Viking including some between Dennis Frank and John Carr.


Last Space Viking: Corrected Final Galley [typescript]


Physical Description:

The corrected final galley of the Last Space Viking corrected by John Carr and Victoria Alexander. The black corrections are by Carr while the other red and blue ones are by Alexander. Pages are in random order and the document is rubber banded together.

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