A picture is worth one-hundred-million minds.
The English Democratic Socialist regime has in its possession a weaponized meme called “The Family”, though is unaware of its power and significance. Layered with machine-readable code, The Family is a mysterious and ancient image that was successfully used as a cyber weapon during the Sino-American War. It is said to be capable of severing the connection between military implants and central control.
Aware that London is on the verge of eliminating all remaining dissent on the island by fully digitizing and forever policing its citizens’ minds, the beleaguered Resistance is dead set on acquiring The Family. With this encoded image, the Resistance hopes to liberate any English brain that has been invaded by authoritarian tech.
To acquire this world-changing meme and to use it effectively, the Resistance must cash in all of its favors, forge unlikely alliances in Lancashire’s dark underworld, appeal for the help from old friends across the Atlantic, and mount one final stand. If any are to survive the regime’s mental collectivization, England will need a miracle and plenty of gunpowder.
Joseph MacKinnon is the Canadian author of Faultline 49 (2012), Cypulchre (2014), The Savage Kingdom (2014), Archetypal (2017), Newsreal (2018), and The Gunpowder Coast (2019).
The Space Trilogy, Omnibus Edition includes:
Out of the Silent Planet
Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet's treasures and offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there.
Having escaped from Mars, Dr. Ransom is called to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus. When his old enemy also arrives and is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom finds himself in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of this Eden-like world.
That Hideous Strength
Investigating the truth about her prophetic dreams, Jane Studdock encounters the fabled Dr. Ransom, who is in great pain after his travels. A sinister society run by his old adversaries intends to harness the ancient powers of a resurrected Merlin in their ambition to subjugate the people of Earth.