The Sack of Oxford
The Sack of Oxford is a two-book series set mid-way between The Glorious Resolution (2038-40) and Sovereigns of the Collapse (2106-07)
The notorious Sack of Oxford occurred on the night of May Day 2073. As a result of its horrors, the sovereign caste of Britain was shocked into a heightened state of paranoia, with massive additions to fortifications and security. These form the world of the later Sovereigns of the Collapse series (set in 2106-07).
Prentice Nightminster is eighteen years old at the beginning of The Sack of Oxford series. Despite coming from a poor family in Bermondsey industrial asylum, he is certain he is going places. The problem is, for all his intelligence, and energy, and soaring ambitions, he has no idea how to go about making anything of himself.
Much against his inclinations, he is persuaded by his old physics teacher to apply for a place at Oxford University. And much to his amasement, he succeeds in getting a place! This just creates another problem in his complicated life. He is enjoying the freedom of no longer being a schoolboy. He makes quite a tidy (if dangerous) income trading with travellers out in the wild ruins around Bermondsey. He is a corporal in the reserve of General Wardian glory trust. He works as a technician in an electronics factory repairing cavity magnetrons for Naclaski guns. He tutors the children of the local ultramarine owner, who runs Bermondsey asylum. Yes, he has lots of interests.
During a riot he takes a decisive action that saves the life of Victorina Krossington, the beautiful young firebrand of the fabulous Krossington sovereign dynasty. Suddenly, a lot of people are interested in Nightminster. He discovers he’s going to Oxford University after all. However, getting high marks will not be his main purpose.
From that moment, he is on course for a tragedy that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
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The Glorious Resolution
The Glorious Resolution of 2038-40 was the most catastrophic social collapse in human history. It brought our age of affluence, the Public Era, to an end.
How did we let this happen? How did nine billion people let their world suffer such a calamity that 90% of them died in the chaos that ensued?
These questions are asked ever after. There is a popular trope that the Glorious Resolution was planned and executed by a conspiracy that became the sovereign caste of ‘decent society’. A few thinking people like Vasco Banner and later Lawrence Aldingford (characters in Sovereigns of the Collapse) make quite detailed enquiries and come to that exact conclusion too. Each suffers for it, in their own way.
Are they right? In all seriousness, could a conspiracy bring down our sophisticated, vastly complex global society of numerous autonomous nation states with their powerful armed forces and secret services? And what about all the global corporations, with their notoriously international presence, so powerful that they can play nation states off against each other? Perhaps beneath all that impressive firepower, wealth and intellect there is a vulnerability; unseen, unspoken, but increasingly pervasive?
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