Dominic Flandry

Dominic Flandry is a fictional character, the central figure in the second half of Poul Anderson's Technic History science fiction series. He first appeared in 1951.

The space opera series is set in the 31st century, during the waning days of the Terran Empire. Flandry is a dashing field agent of the Imperial Intelligence Corps who travels the stars to fight off imminent threats to the empire from both external enemies and internal treachery. His long-time archenemy is Aycharaych, a cultured but ruthless telepathic spymaster who weaves plots for the expansionistic rival empire of the alien Merseians.

The illegitimate son of a minor nobleman, Flandry rises to considerable power within the decadent Empire by his own wits, and enjoys all the pleasures his position in society gives him. Still he is painfully conscious of the impending fall of the Terran Empire and the subsequent "Long Night" of a galactic dark age. His career is dedicated to holding it off for as long as possible. In time, he passes the mantle to his daughter Diana, who is also illegitimate.

Flandry is willing to disregard conventional morality and use his foes' tactics against them. He can cheerfully deceive, seduce, and blackmail; in A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, he orders the mind-probing of his traitorous illegitimate son, reducing him to a vegetative state, and bombards Aycharaych's uninhabited homeworld into radioactive ruin in part for vengeance, as Aycharaych's latest plot had resulted in the death of the woman he loved and planned to marry.

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Dominic Flandry, as depicted on the cover of the December 1959 issue of Fantastic by Ed Valigursky.
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The Flandry short novel "A Plague of Masters" was the cover story on the December 1960 issue of Fantastic before being published in book form as Earthman, Go Home!.



  • Ensign Flandry (1966)
  • A Circus of Hells (1970)
  • The Rebel Worlds (1969)
  • A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (1974)
  • A Stone in Heaven (1979)
  • The Game of Empire (1985) (consciously modeled on Kipling's Kim)


  • Agent of the Terran Empire (1965) consisting of the short stories "Tiger by the Tail", "The Warriors from Nowhere",[1] "Honorable Enemies" and "Hunters of the Sky Cave".
  • Flandry of Terra (1965) containing "The Game of Glory", "A Message in Secret" and "The Plague of Masters".

Omnibus editions

  • Young Flandry (2009), combining the novels Ensign Flandry, A Circus of Hells and The Rebel Worlds.[2]
  • Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire (2010), combining the short stories "Outpost of Empire", "The Day of Their Return", "Tiger by the Tail", "Honorable Enemies", "The Game of Glory" and "A Message in Secret".
  • Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra (2010), combining the short stories "The Plague of Masters", "Hunters of the Sky Cave", "The Warriors from Nowhere" and the novel A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows.
  • Flandry's Legacy (2011), combining the novels A Stone in Heaven' and 'The Game of Empire.

In other works

He also appears – with Anderson's permission – in the novel The Dark Dimensions (1971), part of the John Grimes series written by A. Bertram Chandler. There, Flandry crosses over into Chandler's Rim Worlds and meets Chandler's Commodore Grimes (the two fail to like each other).

"The Day of Their Return" is related to the Flandry saga though he does not appear in it – being a sequel to 'The Rebel Worlds' depicting how the planet Aeneas and its inhabitants fared after Flandry ended his mission there and went elsewhere.

And "Outpost of Empire" features the same kind of crisis which Flandry is normally sent to deal with – a planet torn by the clash of humans and non-humans and of competing human cultures, with Merseia stirring up the pot – but in this case it is resolved by a professor, with an academic approach different from Flandry's (though he too can take bold and decisive action).

Flandry's women

While still a cadet, Flandry seduced the girlfriend of a fellow trainee named Fenross. The girl was not very attractive and Flandry was not particularly smitten with her; in later times he could hardly remember her name ("Majorie or something like that"). After Flandry dropped her, the girl became "very wild" and was killed in an accident on Venus. Fenross, who had cared for her very much, never looked at another woman afterwards and never forgave Flandry. Being promoted faster, Fenross became an admiral and Flandry's direct superior, and kept doing all he could to get Flandry killed. Flandry admitted that Fenross had a legitimate grudge, but did manage to survive all the very dangerous missions on which Fenross kept sending him.

Similar to the James Bond stories (which started two years later), every new adventure brings Flandry another beautiful damsel to woo and rescue. The women are of many different backgrounds – Queens and haughty aristocrats as well as slaves and peasants, courtesans as well as blushing virgins, and at least one alluring non-human female; but they all tend to be brave, intelligent and resourceful and to lend significant help to the success of Flandry's mission. Many of the adventures end with a sad and painful scene where Flandry, his mission over, departs and leaves behind yet another heartbroken woman, saying things like "It would never work out, better that I leave before a bright memory becomes tarnished" [3] and "I'm just not the forever-and-ever sort, and less than that would be unfair to you, lass" [4] and "I'm as mossless a stone as you'l find in a universe of rolling".[5] Sometimes Flandry tries to play fair and warn a woman from the outset that their affair would not last beyond his present mission[6] – which only partly helps; and on some occasions he makes an effort on departure to get the current Flandry Girl settled down with a suitable male of her own planet and social millieu.[7] And in one case, Flandry's current lover and partner gets herself and her entire family freed of slavery and settled on a piece of land, a suitable recompense for seeing him depart at the end of his mission.[8]

Djana, the ex-prostitute who shares the young Flandry's illicit treasure-hunt and captivity among the Merseians in A Circus of Hells, had been deeply traumatized in early life and is correspondingly more deeply hurt than others at the termination of their relationship. On departure she leaves Flandry with a curse: "I guess I can't stop you from having nearly any woman who comes by. But I'l wish this, that you never get the one you really want". At the time, Flandry shrugs it off ("Women! The aliens among us") – but Djana's curse comes all too true. In The Rebel Worlds Flandry falls head over heels in love with Kathryn McCormac, wife of the rebel Admiral Hugh McCormac. For once, he does very much want to be "the forever-and-ever sort", and in order to have Kathryn he is even willing to betray his oath to the Empire and join her husband's foredoomed rebellion. But Kathryn – though far from indifferent to Flandry's charms – remains steadfastly loyal to her husband, and eventually chooses to join his exile far outside the Empire's boundaries. In that case it is the heartbroken Flandry who is left behind, reduced to thinking "But she's happy. That's enough".

Also much later in life, a single other occasion when Flandry thought he had found an enduring love ended tragically, through the machinations of Flandry's arch-enemy Aycharaych – much as James Bond's single attempt at finding matrimonial bliss was terminated by Bond's own arch-enemy.[9]


  1. ^ "The Warriors from Nowhere" was one of the first Flandry stories, published in 1954. Anderson re-wrote it in 1979, to fit better with events later introduced in the series' timeline – in particular the civil war ending with Hans Molitor's accession to the throne, a short time before the revised version's date.
  2. ^ Poul Anderson at Archived September 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20-10-2010
  3. ^ To Queen Gunli of Scotcha in Tiger by the Tail
  4. ^ To Catherine "Kit" Kitteredge in Warriors from Nowhere
  5. ^ To Luang in A Plague of Masters
  6. ^ Bourtai Ivanska in A message in Secret
  7. ^ Tessa Hoorn in The Game of Glory, Bourtai Ivanska in A message in Secret"
  8. ^ Ella McIntyre in Warriors From Nowhere
  9. ^ In On Her Majesty's Secret Service


External links

  • Wagner, Thomas M. (1997). "ENSIGN FLANDRY". sfReviews. This book kicks ass!
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Dominic (disambiguation)

Dominic is a male given name.

Dominic may also refer to:

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Dominic Greene, primary antagonist in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace

The Flipside of Dominick Hide, time traveller in 1980 BBC play

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Dominic Santini, character on the series Airwolf

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Fictional universe

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A fictional universe can be almost indistinguishable from the real world, except for the presence of the invented characters and events that characterize a work of fiction; at the other extreme, it can bear little or no resemblance to the real world, with invented fundamental principles of time and space.

The subject is most commonly addressed in reference to fictional universes that differ markedly from the real world, such as those that introduce entire fictional cities, countries, or even planets, or those that contradict commonly known facts about the world and its history, or those that feature fantasy or science fiction concepts such as magic or faster than light travel—and especially those in which the deliberate development of the setting is a substantial focus of the work.

Future history

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Supernovae in fiction

Supernovae in works of fiction often serve as plot devices.

In the 1999 RTS game Homeworld, one of the missions take place in a dust belt near an active supernova. The protagonists' target is a nearby research station observing the event. Despite the supernova being located lightyears from the mission area, its intense radiation is highly dangerous to ships wandering outside the dust banks.

In the Star Trek universe, trilithium-based weapons can cause stars to go supernova by inhibiting their fusion processes.

In the Star Wars universe, the Sun Crusher can cause stars to go supernova with its resonance torpedoes. In addition, Centerpoint Station can cause supernovae.

In the mythos of the comic book character Superman, his home planet of Krypton is destroyed. Some interpretations of this origin story, such as the 2006 film Superman Returns depict the destruction of Krypton as being caused by its sun (identified in the comics by the name Rao) going supernova.

In the Justice League Unlimited episode Patriot Act, many League members are away trying to prevent or smother a supernova explosion threatening a distant star system.

In the 2000 film Supernova, the crew of the Nightingale is threatened by a blue giant that can explode at any moment; the star is later destroyed, but by a 9th-dimensional bomb rather than a supernova.

The 2005 film Supernova deals with the possibility of the Sun exploding.

The 2009 direct-to-video film 2012: Supernova is about life on Earth potentially being destroyed by a nearby supernova.

The Futurama episode Roswell That Ends Well involves the main characters being sent back in time after radiation from a nearby supernova interacts with radiation produced by metal being heated in the ship's microwave.

The Algae Planet in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series is destroyed by its star going nova.

In the PC-game FreeSpace 2, the crucial Battle of Capella ends in the explosion of the star in a supernova.

The French cartoon Once Upon a Time... Space has one episode in which the protagonists must help to evacuate a planet near of a star that has gone supernova.

In Antonella Gambotto-Burke's novel The Pure Weight of the Heart, Angelica, the protagonist, gets stoned with William Grieve, the famous novelist, and says: “The first known galactic supernovae were seen in - were seen in Lupus in 1006. And . . . then . . . in, um . . . in 1054 in Taurus . . . and then in . . . was it 1572 or 1575? One or the other. At any rate, they were observed in Cassiopeia. And then . . . then . . . um, then . . . did I mention Taurus? I did? Excellent. But there were more. More Supernovae. More supernovae in Serpens. Fifteenth century. Which is interesting. I think so, don’t you? Because I do. Think so. Supernovae in Serpens. Supernovae everywhere.” Grieve narrows his eyes and replies: “No supernovae in here.” As Angelica is an astrophysicist, there are mentions of supernovae throughout the book.

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode The Q and the Grey, several stars had exploded at one time. It later turned out that this was caused by the Q Civil War.

In the Star Trek episode All Our Yesterdays, the Enterprise attempts to evacuate a planet before its sun becomes a supernova.

In the Stargate SG-1 season two episode "A Matter of Time", SG-10 travelled to the planet P3W-451, observing a binary star where one of the stars is an active supernova. As they were watching, the supernova collapsed into a black hole dangerously close to the planet, the team being stranded by time dilation.

In the season four closer "Exodus" the team, working with the Tok'ra, force a star to go nova. They do this by dialing a Stargate to P3W-451 and sending the gate into the star, protected by a force field. When the Stargate entered the star in question, the shield collapsed, and a good deal of stellar matter was sucked through the gate, disrupting the star and forcing it to nova. The Supernova affected the hyperspace windows of escaping ships in such a way that they accelerated out of control and emerged four million light-years away.

There is also a short story, ASOV, from the 1960s, which tells the story of an Automated (or Automatic) Stellar Observation Vehicle (hence the name ASOV). One of thousand of millions produced by civilisations strung throughout the galaxy, it observes stars, sending data back 'home'. A chance hit from a passing rock diasables 'our' ASOV. It drifts, seemingly for ever, for aeons at least, to a time when the galaxy is clearly dying; ASOV is re-awakened by the energy of a nearby supernova. The story, written by James Inglis, was reprinted as "Night Watch" in the anthology Space Odysseys edited by Brian Aldiss.

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, a supernova (depicted as a hypernova) destroys the Romulan home planet.

The Christopher Rowley novel Starhammer sees the Laowon Empire brought to its knees with the said weapon which induces a supernova.

In the Fantastic Four (movie), Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, is said to create temperatures near to those measured in supernovae.

In the 1952 novel The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov, a scientist is assaulted when he predicts that a star will go supernova. Although the orbiting planet Florinia is inhabited, it is also an important source of raw materials. A humanitarian crisis is averted when the colonial powers are persuaded to evacuate the planet.

In the 2002 Disney film Treasure Planet, the crew of the Legacy encounters a supernova on their travels, as well as the resulting black hole. During the supernova, Jim Hawkins (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) saves the life of Long John Silver (Brian Murray) when he falls overboard.

In the Poul Anderson short story "Supernova" (original title: "Day of Burning"), part of his Technic History sequence, published in Analog science-fiction magazine in January 1967 with a Chesley Bonestell cover illustration, the homeworld of the reptilian Merseians is threatened by a nearby supernova. David Falkayn, of the Solar Spice and Liquors Company, negotiates a trade deal that provides them with the technology to survive the event, but also overturns their social structures. The Merseians do not forget, and figure prominently as inveterate enemies of the Terran empire in the Dominic Flandry stories, later in the sequence.

In the Arthur C. Clarke short story "The Star" (Infinity Science Fiction, 1955), an earth spaceship finds a museum of a people whose star went supernova. A priest officer wonders why God chose their sun as the Star of Bethlehem.

In the Arthur C. Clarke short story "Rescue Party" an interstellar survey ship of a galactic federation sent to survey Sol's imminent supernova belatedly discovers that Earth has a sapient civilization and attempts to rescue a sample, only to find that the planet has been evacuated in primitive sublight ark ships.

In the Christmas episode of Svensson, Svensson (1994), Sara tells her friend Lena she noticed in the newspaper that the Sun will explode within 3000 years, contrary to scientific theories that the Sun will go through the sequence: red dwarf star—yellow dwarf star—giant star—white giant star through the leap of millions of years, rather than go supernova.

In Robert J. Sawyer's 2000 novel Calculating God, a race of aliens who had uploaded their consciousnesses to computers crash a plane full of chemicals into Betelgeuse to cause it to go supernova and sterilize the surrounding area. However, the radiation is then covered up by what is believed to be the hand of God, thus showing that God exists and has a "master plan" for the Universe.

The plot of Jeffrey Carver's novel From a Changeling Star is based around the artificial induction of a supernova on Betelgeuse.

In Michael McCollum's Antares series, Antares becomes a supernova, isolating some of Earth's colonies from the bulk of human-occupied worlds. It also opens new travel routes which bring humanity into contact with a xenophobic alien species which attack, thus starting the Antares war.

In Charles Sheffield's Supernova Alpha series (Aftermath and Star Fire), one of the Alpha Centauri stars goes supernova, affecting Earth first with an electromagnetic pulse (Aftermath), and then with a particle storm (Star Fire).

In the 2007 Doctor Who mini-episode "Time Crash", after their two versions of the TARDIS merge at the same space-time coordinates, the Fifth and Tenth Doctors save their TARDIS from the massive black hole caused by the paradox by creating a supernova at the same exact instant.

In the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Doomsday (Doctor Who)", the Doctor explains to Rose, now on the Parallel Earth, that his TARDIS is orbiting around a star going supernova to harness its energy to transmit a message in the form of a hologram, and that he's "burning up a sun just to say goodbye".

In The Lost Fleet book series, the destruction of a system's hypernet gate threatens to release a supernova explosion, which will wipe out much of the solar system.

In the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII, Supernova is an extremely powerful attack used in the final battle of the game by the main antagonist, Sephiroth.

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