Thursday, 6 June 2013
In A Stone In Heaven, a Grand Duke plans usurpation. In The Game Of Empire, an Admiral not only attempts usurpation but also turns out to be working for Merseia. Unfortunately, the next work in the History of Technic Civilization series is set centuries later, long after the, also predicted, Fall of the Empire.
During the insurrection in The Game Of Empire, Dominic Flandry and his wife Miriam discuss the situation in the light of previous conversations that had been informed by Desai's analysis but nothing new is said. Flandry is against revolutions both because of the short term loss of lives and because of the longer term damage to the social fabric. If "revolution" means just another military coup, then I agree with him but, of course, there are different situations as when a mass uprising overthrows a dictatorship.