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The History of Ooranye

 

1. Introduction - the Great Cycle - the 91 eras - historical dating systems  - table of eras, dates, events

2. Survey of Uranian history    and an end-note on Uranian historical problems

Introduction

The Great Cycle.

History and biology converge on Ooranye, in the sense that some evidence exists for the rise and fall of many of the planets's species in Great Cycles of 100,000 Uranian years (8.4 million Earth years).  

Uranians today believe that they are one-seventh of the way into the current Great Cycle, and that their own history and the Cycle began at the same time.

In support of this idea they cite two pieces of evidence: the release of the vital aerial micro-organisms which accompanied the emergence of Uranian humans (14,286 Uranian years or 1.2 million Earth-years ago), plus the existence of the inner "Long Clock" in the Uranian human mind which started "ticking" on that day. 

Curiously, modern Uranians also tend to believe that they are already living in the Last Era - a period which will take them all the way to the end of the Cycle.  Perhaps their recent achievement of space travel has so transformed their outlook that they cannot believe any future change could match it in importance, so no further era-boundaries are in store.  Besides, throughout their history their inner "Long Clock" has always told them that there would be exactly 92 eras, and by now they have already used up 91 of them.  Since in doing so they have only filled in one-seventh of the Cycle, this Last Era, by filling in the remaining six-sevenths, will be six times as long as all the others put together.

Be that as it may, the span of the past 91 eras, totalling an equivalent of 1.2 million Earth-years, is more than enough to keep historians busily employed for the foreseeable future!

The 91 eras.

Accustomed to the span of Earth history, which totals less than ten thousand years, we need to adjust our thinking if we are to comprehend the saga of Ooranye, over one hundred times as long.  In fact one might say that the span of Uranian history occupies a kind of middle ground, between what we are used to thinking of as historical-length periods (thousands of years at most) and those of geological length (millions of years upward).  A typical Uranian "great era" lasted several tens of thousands of years.

Having noted that awesome fact, we find the rug pulled from under our feet again when we also consider that some of the lesser eras lasted only minutes!  

As for the reasons behind this strange contrast between lesser and greater eras, we must seek them in the realm of biology - specifically, the mysterious "Long Clock" mentioned above, existing at cellular level in every Uranian, and its psychic link with the microbes in the air.  For when a great and rare event occurs which stirs the emotions of the entire human species on Ooranye, it can have a resonance which causes a delay in the daily cycle of illumination, so that that day is longer than the normal, regular 30 hours.  And when that happens, everyone must know it, and consensus is automatic: everyone starts counting a new era from that day.  And if crises follow each other thick and fast, then there's nothing for it but to say that new eras follow on one from another, even if that means that they are shortened to hours, minutes or even seconds.  Sometimes the reasons for the change of era were not clear at the time; for example the Molybdenum Era ( 2 hours 17 minutes) was followed by the Technetium Era (28 seconds), a period of emotion-wrenching caused by a squall of mind-power from the newly-awakening Ghepions, those evolving machine intelligences as yet unsuspected by Man.

 

Survey of Uranian history from the emergence of man to the beginning of the Last Era.

1. From Dmara to the Great Fleet.

The Hydrogen Era.

Syoom and Fyaym.

The Lithium Era.

The Plunderers.

The First Sunnoad.

The Phosphorus Era.

The Great Fleet.

2.  To the end of the Vanadium Era.

The Argon Era.

Nalre Zitpoidl and the Great Winter.

The Vanadium Era.

Revolutions.

3.  To the Foam.

The Cobalt Era.

The Quonians.

The Zinc Era.

The Age of Spies.

The Institutes of Fate.

The Ghepions.

The Last Great Hive.

The Foam.

4.  To the Rhenium Moment.

The Praesodymium Spotlight.

The Prospectors.

The 'Dassan Call.

The Age of the Wise.

Holding the Line.

The kalyars.

The Rhenium Moment.

5.  To the Mascon Expeditions.

The Great Triangle.

The Sunnoad's Navy.

The Quest for Solor.

The Cyborgs.

The Era of Psi.

The Mascon Expeditions.

6.  To Era Zed.

Impostor.

Invasion.

Tu Rim.

The Actinium Fulfilment.

The Assault on Arclour.

 

Uranian historical problems

So far this section deals with -

The early eomasp question.

 

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