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Chronology[edit | edit source]
Assumption: use of years without qualification, etc., in source means Earth years
Consider Phlebas[edit | edit source]
14th century CE
|GCU's in the first 4 years of the war||Chapter 2|
|1327, official start of war.||The war, briefly|
|1375, official end of war.||The war, briefly|
Excession[edit | edit source]
Late 19th century CE.
|500 years after the Idiran-Culture War||Chapter 11.5|
Matter[edit | edit source]
Late 19th, early 20th century CE
|Mentions the Idiran-Culture War took place hundreds of years ago.||Chapter 16|
|Mentions reveal of Sleeper Service' secret fleet, 20+ years after Excession||Chapter 20|
The State of the Art[edit | edit source]
Starts in late 1976 CE.
|Arbitrary been at Earth six months by spring of 1977 CE.||Chapter 2.1|
The Player of Games[edit | edit source]
Late 20th century
|Limiting Factor built 716 years earlier in closing stages of Idiran-Culture War||Chapter 2|
Use of Weapons[edit | edit source]
Sometime in the late 21st century
|Send a stalling letter to Petrain (Assumption that its Petrain's request to Sma from The State of the Art)||Chapter 2|
|An Idiran hand cannon is very old and quite rare.||Chapter 6|
Look to Windward[edit | edit source]
Late 22nd century CE
|803 years after the Battle of the Twin Novae||Chapter 1|
|War ended nearly 800 years previously.||Chapter 1|
|Mentions disappearance of Grey Area, Excession||Chapter 11|
Recent history[edit | edit source]
|+0||Ziller goes into exile
Stops completing full-length pieces
|Chapter 5, 3|
|+?||Ziller settles on Masaq', occurs before the first Equalitarian President on Chel||Chapter 5|
|+7||Equalitarian President elected on Chel||Chapter 5|
|+9||Start of the Caste War||Chapter 5|
|-0||The "present" in the book, commissioned to compose symphony for battle memorial. Symphony described as first full-length work since exile.
Also first premiered off Chel
|Chapter 3, 14|
|-7||Ziller moves to Masaq'||Chapter 12|
|-11||Ziller's last symphony||Chapter 14|
The upper bound of the "present" is +14 (from +?/+7 and -7.)
The lower bound of the "present" is +9 (from +9.) (Although from the vague times given for the progression of the Chelgrian revenge plot, there should be a bunch of weeks/months added)
Corollary: Ziller's last symphony was between +0-2 and +0 (+0, +9, and -11.) Doesn't help the above, unless only symphonies are full-length works.
Surface Detail[edit | edit source]
Sometime in or after 29th century
|Idiran-Culture War occurred 1500 years ago.||Chapter 3|
|"Chel debacle" happened 600 years ago. (Assumption that its the Chelgrian civil war of Look to Windwards)||Chapter 9|