The Godmen and The Stars, My Brothers take place during the Era of Interstellar Exploration, of which Hamilton writes: “Interplanetary exploration and exploitation had increased rapidly. But the vast distances to other stars remained unconquerable until late in the 22nd Century, when three great inventions made interstellar travel possible. Using these inventions to build starships, mankind took at once to interstellar space. Alpha Centauri, Sirius and Altair were quickly visited.”
The Godmen occurs during the earlier days of this era, and tells of the problems that arise when humankind first encounters a nonhuman intelligence. The Stars, My Brothers takes place several centuries later, and shows how the question of humanity’s relationship to alien races was finally answered — by a man from our own time! Together they point the way toward the concord among alien races that produced the Era of the Federation and the United Worlds.