ROCKY JONES UNIVERSE
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was the first science-fiction on television to be recorded on film stock, rather than broadcast live. At the time, the result was noticed by the appearance of better sets, location shots, upgraded special effects and loftier story lines. And it preserved the series in its entirety, for future generations to enjoy.
Time and fresh development were moving on, and another ocean of culture was making its mighty splash, even as an older one was receding again, back into the aging shadows.
Long forgotten were the Old Engla 'firsts' who had seen their own cultural ascendancy, but whose demise was not so much an end as perhaps a slumber. And since the tides of change were always waiting to rise again, how many other cultures were nesting quietly, waiting for their own opportunity to expand and fill the galaxy?
Events were headed toward a boil, that fact was increasingly obvious. Peoples were being pushed toward the dark edge of unforeseen outcome, and the forces underlying it all were not yet making themselves clear. They didn't even seem interested in Cinnamona Estorma. Not yet!
Tunnel In The Sky
Robert A. Heinlein
An advanced College-level survival course tu-rns into far more than that, when the tunnel that transports the students to their interstel-lar survival ground, fails to reopen and bring them back. Rod Walker was required to pass his certification course if he wished to receive his license to serve as an interplanetary guide. But his final exam was not supposed to leave he and his class-mates stranded on an unin-habited planet, completely uninformed as to the why, how, if and when.
The big question in Rod's mind was...'what went wrong?'
The works of Robert Heinlein follow the rule of future history, and are thus linked in a consistent manner that permits the reader to visualize each adventure in a set historic period and place.
The Foundation Trilogy
After Hari Seldon spends his life developing a special branch of mathematics, he finds him-self on Trantor, capital planet of the huge Galactic Empire. But the Emperor is more con-cerned with Seldon's influence on the citizen-ry, than whether or not Seldon's mathematics are correct.
The great compromise? The Foundation! A place where Hari Seldon's followers can assemble the Encyclopedia Galactica, and preserve the vast sum of knowledge that has been collected by a gradually declining, inter-stellar empire. And possibly do a great deal more.
One feature of Isaac Asimov's work involves the general premise that space is not crowded with multitudes of inhuman aliens. But rather, what we see, is what we get: A galaxy once uninhabited, and ready for the taking!
Asimov's "Robot Novels" also follow this consistent rule of future historic development.