Remnant of Empire
This fantasy tale is the third in an interlocked collection unified by the five-thousand year history and culture of a barren region called the Waste. The whole collection (Tales of the Waste) spans belief in magic to practical science, myth to recorded history and the rise of successive empire from the ruins of countless others. All these rose and fell in the same region, which may or may not have been preceded by races called forerunners who left still evident remnants. This particular novel is focused on power and its consolidation as the barbarians wait to pounce. By this time the Empire died eons ago-but the ideas and the physical world that created it did not. Over the course of a thousand years it resurrected itself, though in a form with different form and power centers. The ancient capital at the edge of the Waste-the Cleft and the lower city-ruled by faction in the woman's Sitting Circle and the ancient guidance of the Prefect provide a backdrop for the tale as seen through the eyes of a scribe and other witnesses to the events. High adventure as they fight for power and, in the background, the impending onslaught of the cannibal Urrids. This is also a tale of the impact of the physical environment on human culture. The central fact in this world is the Waste-an arid region floored by rock, sand and salt flats roughly corresponding to the present day Mediterranean basin. To the north there are still massive receding glaciers, to the east mountains and an immense melt water lake. To the south a river has carved a deep gorge, in whose cliffs lie mystery and eons of history. And, to the west lies the most interesting ancient artifact of all: There stands the Wall. A massive construction of stone that wards off the encroaching ocean, which at any moment threatens to overtop it and then flood the entire known world. Men now maintain it, but the forerunners began it. It is a central focus of their lives, for if the Wall fails, everything dies.
- Paperback | 340 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 19.56mm | 580.6g
- 05 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About MR Gene Lancour
I'm a Chicago transplant living on the America Riviera in So-Cal, with a wife of some thirty years who ignores my flagrant idiosyncrasies with a tolerance that verges on incipient madness. Like most of my generation I volunteered for the military; in my case heavy weapons infantry, where I learned to expeditiously eliminate my fellow human beings in the name of democracy. Obviously college came as something of a relief. A BA in English, and an MA and subsequent doctoral work in History prepared me for everything but the real world, although I can quote Lincoln, Shakespeare and Tolkien (and numerous others) with disgusting facility. I wrote my first short stories and subsequent novels as an undergraduate using an old Royal manual upright, which I still have, though the ribbons are no longer available. I wrote my first novel as an undergraduate, as it happens on a bet. The rest were written during those periods when I wasn't writing computer geek speak manuals and Help systems. Want to know more go to my web site, curiously named after myself. This current series is the result of my urge to write simply to tell a good story in long form. I hope you like it and, if you do, you'll read on in the other books in the series.