After a long, on-again, off-again search, I finally found an old cover image I was looking for: Jim Burn’s “His Conquering Sword”, on 70s Sci-Fi Art (via Pinterest).A nice low-tech/high-tech contrast, which I expect to be fairly common in the Empty Quarter.
Just to celebrate, I’ll toss in two images that are more suitable for the Imperial Core. First, also from Jim Burns…
And I agree: to have a good Traveller story, you have to have drama, danger, risk, a challenge, a villain, and a shot at victory in a dangerous universe.
But I’ve always been more of an explorer than a warrior: and, if I was smart enough, I’d likely be a builder/engineer, rather than an explorer.
There’s something to be said for exploring and experimenting to gain knowledge, then shaping the elements and directing the people to build something wonderful, something excellent. Forging the New Creation, the New Heavens and Earth, with your own hands.
(“…guided by the Holy Spirit.”, I would add. But disgracefully, Christians on the whole are poor workers and third-rate scholars, preferring forgiveness for inferior work rather than achieving excellence and earning respect. When will we pick up the pace?)
Unfortunately, such power can be used for evil as well as for good. Evil men really do exist, and they really do need to be driven back under the rocks they slithered from. And soldiers are still needed, when the wicked gather together for strength and intimidation.
Even in the best case, we will still need warriors in the Far Future, so the rest of us can get on with building a civilization worthy of the name.