We have a number of science fiction works that take place in an Empire of Man/Empire of Mankind

  • Warhammer 40k universe
  • Jerry Pournelle Co-Dominium series
  • Asimov - original Foundation trilogy

to name just 3.

For the purposes of the question, the Empire in any answer has to be at a galactic or at least extra-solar level. Asimov wrote the first Foundation stories in the 1940's, and is the oldest that I am aware of, but are there earlier works of Science Fiction that contain an Empire of Man/Empire of Mankind?


How do you define an empire? What's simply referred to as "Civilization" in E E "Doc" Smith's Lensman series (first installment published in 1937) acts in practice a lot like a human-led galactic empire, although with no emperor.

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  • This should really have been a comment instead of a straight up answer – Edlothiad Sep 25 '17 at 13:47
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    ..and the badguys ("Boskone") were definitely a hierarchical empire (with Gharlane of Eddore at the top). – Jeff Zeitlin Sep 25 '17 at 13:47
  • There was 'The struggle for Empire" by Robert Cole written in 1900. This was basically The British Empire expanding throughout the galaxy until they war with the beastly aliens – DannyMcG Sep 25 '17 at 22:44

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