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Cordwainer Smith's Universe

The Stories Date Events at the time
No, No, Not Rogov 2000 Forgotten first age of space
War No. 81-Q 3000 The Ancient Wars, culminating in the collapse of all nations save China. Retreat of the true men into isolated cities, with most of Earth left to Beasts, manshonyaggers and the Unforgiven.
Mark Elf 4000 Advent of the Vomacts and the return of vitality to mankind. Rule of the Jwindz succeeded by that of the Instrumentality.
Queen of the Afternoon 5000
Scanners Live in Vain
The Lady Who Sailed The Soul
6000 Second age of Space. Earth repopulated. Expansion to the nearer stars. Survivors of old Paradise VII colony settle Old North Australia.
When the People Fell 7000 Fall of China. Discovery of Stroon
Think Blue, Count Two
The Colonel Came Back from Nothing at All
8000 Discovery of planoforming. Early signs of anti-Utopia
The Game of Rat and Dragon
The Burning of the Brain
9000 Age of Planoforming. Settlement of thousands of worlds, compared to 200 by sailship.
From Gustible's Planet 10000 Stabilization of Utopia. Life spans standardized at 400 years, growing use of robots, underpeople
  11000 Possible appearence of Daimoni. Adaption of men to strange worlds like Viola Siderea.
Himself in Anachron ??? 12000  
The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal
Golden the Ship Was--Oh! Oh! Oh!
13000 Ascendency of the Bright Empire and other potential rivals to the Instrumentality.
The Dead Lady of Clown Town 14000 Martyrdom of D'Joan, rebirth of old strong Religion. Founding of line of Jestocost
Under Old Earth
15000 Appearance of Lady Alice More, partner to Lord Jestocost In rediscovery of Man. Holy Insurgency. Visions from space3.
Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
The Ballad of Lost C'Mell
A Planet Named Shayol
16000 Civil rights for underpeople. Odyssey of Rod McBan. Spread of Rediscovery of Man
Cashier O'Neil Series:
On the Gem Planet
On the Storm Planet
On the Sand Planet
Three to a Given Star
  Embargo on religion
Projected series:
Lords of the Afternoon
  Common destiny of men and underpeople; religious climax

Timeline From The Instrumentality of Mankind, Compiled by J.J. Pierce.

Note: With Smith's own notebooks lost, chronology is largely a matter of guesswork, based on internal evidence. But the order of stories and surounding events can be fairly well established.

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2005 December 28