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Space Viking (2011 reprint)

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Cover art by Alan Gutierrez


About the Book:

After the Big War had left the Terran Federation in tatters, ten thousand military refugees from the losing side, the System States Alliance, fled thousands of light-years beyond the boundaries of the Federation to escape pursuit and establish a new life. There they discovered a small star cluster and colonized an earth-like planet the named Excalibur. By the time of Space Viking the former refugees had colonized a dozen worlds, which the called the Sword-Worlds, the planets having been named after legendary swords from ancient Terran tales. In their isolation, the Sword-Worlds developed a system of planetary feudalism while still managing to retain much of the former Federation's technology, including space travel and contragravity.

Things did not fare so well in the Old Federation; formerly civilized planets decivilized into ruination and barbarism. Only a dozen or so civilized worlds retained the culture and technology of the former Federation. When the Sword-Worlders discover that the Federation has collapsed, they return in force to roam and pillage the wreckage. They are given the name Space Vikings by their victims. For the next three hundred years the Space Vikings raid and plunder the poorly defended Neobarbarian worlds at their pleasure.

Lord Lucas Trask of Traskon is no admirer of the Space Vikings and despises their parasitical forays into the former Federation, both for the destruction and death they bring with them and because they take the best and brightest men away from the Sword-Worlds. Then a madman murders his wife on their wedding day and leaves on a spaceship for a Space Viking raid into the Old Federation. Trask trades his fiefdom for a second ship, vowing to hunt dow the killer Andray Dunnan. Lucas Trask is forced by the enormity of his task to raid worlds for both material and intelligence on his enemy at the risk of becoming one of the very Space Vikings he so much deplored before his wife's brutal death.

Archival Holdings:

Space Viking Notes [miscellaneous]


Physical Description:

A typed sheet of notes and a notecard containing information relating to Space Viking. The typed sheet contains a list of curses used in the novel. The notecard contains miscellaneous notes about the novel.


Space Viking Miscellaneous [typescript]


Physical Description:

A collection of miscellaneous printouts of material relating to the 2011 reprint of Space Viking. Included are book jacket text, and information intended for the Pequod Press website.

Space Viking: Frank Galleys [typescript]


Physical Description:

A copy of the Last Space Viking galleys, accompanied by a set of typewritten notes. The notes are labeled “Corrections to Space Viking 2nd Galleys.” In an initialed noted dated 5/19/2011 on the front of the manuscript, Carr writes, “ Space Viking corrections in red/black JFC based on D. Frank’s notes and my own reading.”

Space Vikings [Assorted]


Physical Description:

Early handwritten notes along with typed sections labeled under the title Space Vikings.

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