MacLeod, Ken: Engine City (The Engines of Light III) (2003)

Identifying a ruling class and state posed no such problem. The upper and usually senior ranks of the various corporate bodies, patricians and patriarchs or the merchant houses, administrators of cooperatives, guildmasters and latifundists, heads of religious orders and philosophical schools, retired courtesans, professors emeritus, and so on and so forth, formed what was blatantly called the Electorate, who just as blatantly elected the Senate and staffed its administration, and that was that. Volkov had no scruples about elites – having been part of one – and was surprised to find himself shocked by the sheer effrontery of the Republic’s lack of the forms of democracy. All his experience had been with people who insisted on at least the illusion of popular rule, and it was disquieting to encounter a people who seemed satisfied with the substance of self-government in everyday life while letting his politics and statecraft go on over their heads – as it almost always and everywhere did, of course. (Ken MacLeod)

Stross, Charles: The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files I)

The Atrocity Archives consists of two stories: The Atrocity Archive and The Concrete Jungle. “Saving the world is Bob Howard’s job. There are a surprising number of meetings involved.” (The Atrocity Archives) I have an admission to make. I do not believe I have ever read any Lovecraft but the Chtuluverse reaches far and wide … Continue reading Stross, Charles: The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files I)

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