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Traveller and the universe it inspired came from many sources.

  • This page is a list of book, authors, movies and other media that both inspired and was the inspiration for Traveller and the Third Imperium.
  • Deciphering the Text Foundations of Traveller by Michael Andre-Driussi is a discussion of the sources that inspired Traveller.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Primary Inspiration Sources: These books and movies were the Science Fiction that served as the primary influence on the original Traveller authors.

  • They are all older SF, many from the 50s and 60s.
  • Many of these works are deservedly called Science Fiction Classics.

Primary Books[edit]

Poul Anderson
Issac Asimov
Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • John Carter of Mars series
Joe Haldeman
Robert Heinlein
Frank Herbert
Keith Laumer
  • Bolo series
  • Retief series
    • Retief: Envoy to New Worlds;
    • Retief: Galactic Diplomat;
    • Retief's War;
    • Retief and the Warlords;
    • Retief: ambassador to space;
    • Retief: seven incidents of the Corps diplomatique terrestrienne;
    • Retief of the CDT;
    • Retief's Ransom;
    • Retief: Emissary to the Stars;
    • Retief at Large;
    • Retief Unbound;
    • Retief: Diplomat at Arms;
    • Retief to the Rescue;
    • Retief: The Return of Retief;
    • Retief in the Ruins;
    • Retief and the Pangalactic Pageant of Pulchritude;
    • Reward for Retief;
    • Retief and the Rascals
Marc Miller
  • Agent of the Imperium
Andre Norton
H. Beam Piper
E. C. Tubb
Jules Verne
  • From the Earth to the Moon,
  • In the Year 2889,
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
H. G. Wells
  • War of the Worlds,
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau,
  • The First Men in the Moon

Primary Non-Sci-Fi Books[edit]

C.S. Forrester
  • Hornblower series (The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line, Flying Colours, The Commodore, Lord Hornblower, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower, Hornblower and the Atropos, Hornblower in the West Indies, Hornblower and the Hotspur, Hornblower and the Crisis)
Edward Gibbon
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Herman Melville
  • Moby Dick
Patrick O'Brian
  • Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, Post Captain, H. M. S. Surprise, The Mauritius Command, Desolation Island, Fortune of War, The Surgeon's Mate, The Ionian Mission, Treason's Harbour, The Far Side of the World, The Reverse of the Medal, The Letter of Marque, The Thirteen Gun Salute, The Nutmeg of Consolation, The Truelove, The Wine-Dark Sea, The Commodore, The Yellow Admiral, The Hundred Days, Blue at the Mizzen)

Primary Movies[edit]

2001: A Space Odyssey
The Andromeda Strain
The Forbidden Planet
Star Wars: A New Hope - The Original Star Wars movie came out in May 1977, and Traveller arrived in July 1977.
Silent Running

Primary Television[edit]

Flash Gordon

Secondary Inspiration Sources: These collections are later items recommended by the Traveller community.

  • While they were not around when Traveller was originally written, they do reflect the themes and ideas of both Traveller and the Third Imperium.

Secondary Books[edit]

Ian M. Banks
Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Miles Vorkosigan saga (Cordelia's Honor; Young Miles; Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem; Miles Errant; Miles, Mutants and Microbes; Miles in Love; Vorkosigan's Game)
C. J. Cherryh
James S. A. Corey
Gordon Dickson
  • Childe Cycle series (Dorsai!; Necromancer; Soldier, Ask Not; Tactics of Mistake; The Final Encyclopedia; The Chantry Guild)
David Drake
  • Hammer's Slammer's series (Hammer's Slammers; At Any Price; Counting the Cost; Rolling Hot; The Warrior; The Sharp End ; Paying the Piper);
  • Republic of Cinnabar Navy series (With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor)
Joe Clifford Faust 
Harry Harrison
  • The Stainless steel rat series:
  • Bill the galactic hero series.
Richard Morgan
David Weber
Walter Jon Williams

Secondary Movies[edit]

Alien
Aliens
Outland
Serenity
Starship Troopers
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Secondary Television[edit]

Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica Original series
Battlestar Galactica Updated series
Earth 2
Firefly
Lost in Space - The original TV series
Space: 1999
Space: Above and Beyond
Star Trek - The Original Series
Starhunter
The Expanse - see also James S. A. Corey in Books

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Tertiary Inspiration Sources: These are books and other media which are not as closely tied to the Original Traveller Universe as the primary sources, but were certainly sources of cross-fertilization, and are frequently mentioned as sources of inspiration. Some of these are implicitly (or explicitly) inspired by Traveller.

Books[edit]

Greg Bear
  • Blood Music
Gregory Benford
  • Galactic Center Saga (In the Ocean of Night, Across the Sea of Suns, Great Sky River, Tides of Light, Furious Gulf, Sailing Bright Eternity, A Hunger for the Infinite)
David Brin
  • Uplift series (Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, Heaven's Reach)
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Imperial Earth, Rendezvous with Rama, Songs of a Distant Earth
James S.A. Corey
  • The Expanse Series (Leviathan Wakes,Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate, Cibola Burn)
Brian Daley
  • Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds, Jinx on a Terran Inheritance, Fall of the White Ship Avatar
Joe Clifford Faust
  • The Essence of Evil, Precious Cargo, Desperate Measures
Robert Frezza
  • McLendon's Syndrome
Dave Grossman
  • The Two-Space War, The Guns of Two-Space
Peter F. Hamilton
  • Greg Mandel sequence,
  • Night's Dawn Trilogy,
  • Commonwealth series (Pandora's Star (2004), Judas Unchained (2005), Misspent Youth (2002), The Dreaming Void (2008), The Temporal Void (2009), The Evolutionary Void (2010))
Chris Hechtl
  • Wandering Engineer Series (New Dawn, Fool's Gold, Destinys Choice, Ghost Station, Plague Planet)
Aldous Huxley
  • Brave New World
Jeffery Kooistra
  • Dykstra's War
Gregory P. Lee
  • The Laughing Lip Series (All Shall Go to Wrack, Demand the Debt That's Owing, Long-Remembering Harpers)
Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Dispossessed, Rocannon’s World, The Word for World is Forest
Nathan Lowell
  • Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series (Quarter share, Half share, Full share, Double share, Captain share, Owners share)
Jack McDevitt
  • Alex Benedict stories (A Talent for War, Polaris, Seeker)
Julian May
  • Galactic Milieu Series (Surveillance, Metaconcert, Jack the Bodiless, Diamond Mask, Magnificat),
  • The Rampart Worlds trilogy (Perseus Spur, Orion Arm, Sagittarius Whorl: An Adventure of the Rampart Worlds)
Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
  • Liaden universe
Elizabeth Moon
  • Vatta's War series
Larry Niven
  • Known Space collections
John Ringo
  • Legacy of the Aldenata (Posleen) series
Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Retrieval Artist series (The Disappeared, Extremes, Consequences, Buried Deep, Paloma, The Recovery Man, Duplicate Effort, The Possession of Paavo Deshin (short novel), Anniversary Day, Blowback)
John Scalzi
  • Old Man's War
Charles Sheffield
  • The McAndrew Chronicles
Michael Stackpole 
Warrior Trilogy (Warrior: En Garde, Warrior: Riposte Warrior: Coupé) - Battletech
Joan D. Vinge
  • The Snow Queen, World's End, Summer Queen
Vernor Vinge
  • A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness In The Sky, Marooned in Realtime
Walter Jon Williams
  • The Crown Jewels, House of Shards, Rock of Ages

Non-Sci-Fi Books[edit]

Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince

Sci-fi RPG Sources[edit]

2300 AD RPG by GDW
Alternity: Star*Drive RPG
Blue Planet RPG
Fading Suns RPG
GURPS by Steve Jackson Games: GURPS Space, Ultra-Tech, etc.
Ringworld RPG by Chaosium
Serenity RPG by Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd.
Shadowrun RPG by FASA
Space Opera RPG by FGU
SpaceMaster RPG by ICE
Star Frontiers RPG by TSR
Star Hero RPG by Hero Games
Star Wars RPG by West End Games
Stargate SG1 RPG
Transhuman Space RPG by SJG
Universe: The Role-Playing Game of the Future RPG by Simulation Publications, Inc. (SPI)

Video Games[edit]

X-com 1 & 2
Starcraft
Starflight 1 & 2
Rebelstar (forerunner to X-Com)
EVE Online
Elite (the original, or Oolite for a modern update)
Mass Effect (you can read the Traveller DNA in its information Codex)
Halo
Privateer 2

Movies[edit]

The 6th day
Apollo 13
Apollo 18
Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina (anime)
Avatar
Battle Beyond the Stars
Black Hole (Disney does science)
Blade Runner
Contact
Dark Star
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Dune
Enemy Mine
Event Horizon
The Fifth Element
Galaxy Quest
Ghost in the Shell
Ice Pirates
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Independence Day
The Last Starfighter
Judge Dredd
Jupiter Ascending
Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World
Mutiny on the Bounty
Outlander
Predator
Riddick Films: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick
The Right Stuff
Saturn 3
Space Cowboys
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Space Truckers
Starcrash
Three Kings
Titan A.E
Starman

Television Series[edit]

Blake's Seven
Banner of the Stars (Anime)
Buck Rogers in the 25th century
Connections: by James Burke - Not SF but good for how Technology evolves
Cowboy Bebop (Anime)
Crest of the Stars (Anime)
Dark Matter
Earth 2
Farscape And Farscape: The Peacekeeper wars
Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy (radio show and TV)
Killjoys
Planetes (hyper real near-Earth space anime)
Red Dwarf
Space: Above and Beyond
Stargate SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis
Star Trek - The Next Generation
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Animated)
Star Wars Rebels (Animated)
Tytania (Anime, subtitled only)
UFO (best TV theme music EVER)

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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