Welcome to the Royal Manticoran Navy!

Star Wars and Star Trek get all the press, but for my money you can’t beat David Weber’s Honorverse. So I was delighted to see this. Welcome to the Royal Manticoran Navy!

The Honor Harrington Universe centers around the character of Captain Honor Harrington. It is a space-opera retelling (somewhat) of the Horatio Hornblower novels. (The prose in the Hornblower series is lugubrious. Trust me – I have tried to read several, and that is the term that fits.) Honor, when we meet her in On Basilisk Station, is a captain in the Royal Manticoran Navy in the years (mostly) 4000 to 4022 CE.

Not that there aren’t problems with Honorverse novels, as Weber tends to get bogged down in the politics of what he is talking about. And there is a lot of politics.

The Star Kingdom of Manitcore is contesting (sometimes battling) with the People’s Republic of Haven. There are numerous smaller places, like the Protectorate of Grayson, and the Andermani Empire, to name but 2. There are battles and spies and various adventures. And a few love stories are thrown in, but they aren’t the main aspect. It is space opera. It is hard science fiction (in which the technology plays a major role). It is a lot of fun.

And apparently it has spawned a fairly nerdy fan club, that styles themselves as the Royal Manticoran Navy. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this.

Anyway, if you haven’t tried the Honorverse, it is universally recommended that you start where David Weber started, On Basilisk Station. Some of the early books are available in the Free Library at Baen.com.

And of course there is a Con. MantiCon. The end of the month in Bloomington, Minnesota.


2 thoughts on “Welcome to the Royal Manticoran Navy!

  1. I read Hornblower 40-50 years ago, and am thinking about revisiting them. If you enjoyed the genre, you might want to check out the Bolitho stories by Douglas Reeman (many good seafaring stories under that name) writing as Alexander Kent.
    And, of course, there’s always the Aubrey/Maturin series.
    And, in case you haven’t checked them out, David Drake’s RCN series.

  2. I haven’t been able to finish any of the Hornblower series. Which I think is not unusual, and probably accounts for at least some to the inspiration to write the Master and Commander Series. Same same historic setting, similar issues – a sailing captain halfway around the world from the head office.

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