What is the Endurian Universe?
The Endurian Universe is a parallel
reality superficially similar to our own, yet with a more
liberal set of physical laws. This permits more expansive
technologies and more interesting events than our own more
restrictive cosmos allows. Given the infinite number of parallel
universes, many of which are hard to tell apart, the Endurian
Universe is unique for one reason alone: the presence of
Who is Endurance?
Endurance is a singular, enigmatic
being who has no counterpart in any other universe. He does not
appear in every one of the novels, and he does not dominate any
of them, but his presence, or at least his legend, ties them all
together. He is the only character who exists throughout the
entire time span of the series, and beyond.
Who are the other characters?
The series features about two dozen
major characters, too many to list or describe here. A few of
the most prominent include:
In what order
should I read the books?
Ronar: A cantankerous professor of astronomy who unexpectedly
finds himself removed from his dull life on Earth and brought
to the exotic planet Colibdis, where no one knows much about
astronomy, but where they do know about magic and how to have
Possum Perturbare: A chaotic iconoclast who also happens to be
the most prodigious scientific genius ever spawned by the
Flam: A sweet, romantically inclined girl from the bucolic
planet Rral who, when pressed, is capable of being
surprisingly pragmatic and formidable.
Cor: An idealistic youth from Rral who leads his friends
through four different galaxies, but who often gets in over
An advanced explorer from another universe, sent to Earth to
study its lost history and determine the fate of the human
A neglected prince of Colibdis who finds himself in possession
of powers he can barely control or even tolerate.
Read them in the order shown on the
Novels page, beginning with The Astronomer Who Didn't Like
Magic. While you could treat them as three separate
trilogies (Ronar, the Vigil, and Space Mariners), if you read
them like that you will encounter elements from the other
trilogies that won't make much sense to you. Ultimately, all the
books and characters do interact and come together.
How long have you been working on this?
The first elements of the saga
formed in my mind in the mid-to-late 1960s. Most of the major
themes, elements, plot lines, and characters existed by the
early 1970s. I began to write the actual novels in the early
1980s, beginning with The
Astronomer Who Didn't Like Magic.
Are these novels science fiction or fantasy?
I consider them science fiction,
though many of them contain fantasy trappings such as gods,
elves, and magic. I wrap all these phenomena in a vaguely
scientific shell, and I provide reasons for their existence. In
my universe, magic is not a wild power competing with nature,
but a highly localized phenomenon. The books also contain
obvious "superhero" elements, though these are not the kind of
superheroes who spend much time assisting the police or fighting
crime. Their concerns are bigger than that.
Gee, Thing X that you show in Book Y sort of resembles Thing Z
that I already saw in Place A. Are you a copycat?
No. As I stated above, almost
everything in these books has existed in pretty much its present
form since the 1970s. Since then, other creators have come up
with things that vaguely resemble some of my own characters or
ideas. This is not surprising. In a few minor cases, my
characters refer to things which are obvious homages to other
bits of geek culture.
Why do these books
contain so much astronomy and stargazing?
This is not to say that I don't have influences. Like any
writer, I do. Some of the more obvious ones include John Carter
of Mars, Solomon Kane, Captain Nemo, Gort, and Tom Swift Jr.
Because I love astronomy and stargazing. If those passages bore
you, feel free to skim over them.