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Caesar's Children: A Tale of Pluritopia [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Paul Carey
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Book Description

What if there were a world where all the utopias from nineteenth-century literature coexisted? And what if the nations of that world were divided into two types of utopias--the Aspirants, who seek the create the best of all possible worlds for themselves, and the Gildeds, who also seek the perfect world but long to force their own ideals on the other utopias?

On the world of Pluritopia, the citizens glide through the heavens in the bellies of fish-shaped airships and learn about the exotic goings-on of the sundry utopias by means of aether-powered telephonoscopes. But when a mysterious woman from the Earth's center appears suddenly in the tranquil Pacific Northwest paradise of France-Ville, the ideal world finds itself on the brink of the unimaginable--a great conflagration that threatens to scorch Pluritopia to cinders.

This novelette first appeared in the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen: Grand Guignol.


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"'Caesar's Children' [is] a suave, knowing mash-up of Ignatius Donnelly, Albert Robida, Jules Verne, Jack London and H. G. Wells... Given its Pluritopian pluralities, it holds together as a gripping narrative, proto SFnal, full of eye-popping and mind-popping details."
--David Herter, author of Evening's Empire and Ceres Storm

About the Author

Christopher Paul Carey's short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as Tales of the Shadowmen, The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files, and The Worlds of Philip José Farmer. His first novel, The Song of Kwasin, coauthored with Philip José Farmer, is due out from Subterranean Press in 2012 in the omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 63 KB
  • Print Length: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Sirrush Press (January 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN0T6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Utopian Steampunk Adventure October 4, 2013
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I read Caesar's Children by Christopher Paul Carey without knowing anything about the story or its inspiration. It stands alone as a very interesting Steampunk adventure without having to worry about any back story or original source material. For those that are interested though a timeline of events is included in the final pages. The timeline provides links to various works by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ignatious Donnelly, David Herter, Albert Robida, Mary E. Bradley Lane, Jonathan Swift, Sir Thomas More and even Plato.

I think this one-off story shows a lot of potential for this setting of Pluritopia. Carey describes Pluritopia as an alternate universe where 19th Century utopian and dystopian literary characters coexist. The timeline included at the end of the story is just begging for more additions.

If you are a fan of Steampunk, Science Fiction, Fantasy or fans of the writers whose works helped inspire this story I would highly recommend reading Caesar's Children. I can also recommend it for Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton fans due to the crossover and world building elements present in the story. For Farmer fans, I would compare this story to Farmer's the The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton), an alternate take on the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days. Carey is best known for his contributions to Farmer's Ancient Khokarsa Cycle, but like Farmer he proves he can pen a great tribute to French literature as well. Carey thrives in this setting, his descriptions during the final scenes of the story are especially vivid. At only .99 this is a great buy.
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Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, the concluding novel of the Khokarsa trilogy, now available in the omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa (Subterranean Press, 2012). He is also the author of Exiles of Kho (Meteor House, 2012), a prelude to the Khokarsa novels set eight hundred years before the main series. His short fiction may be found in anthologies such as Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, Tales of the Shadowmen: The Vampires of Paris, Tales of the Shadowmen: Grand Guignol, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days, and The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files. He is an editor with Paizo Publishing on the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder Tales line, as well as the editor of three collections of Philip José Farmer's fiction from Subterranean Press: The Other in the Mirror, Venus on the Half-Shell and Others, and Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories. Visit his website at www.cpcarey.com and follow him on Twitter @cpcarey.

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