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Length: 98 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786254866
  • Publisher: Gateway (September 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HRT6PG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Divide and Rule: a weird world of knights and 'hoppers'

Sir Howard Van Slyck is a member of the aristocracy, being the second son of the Duke of Ploughkeepsie. As such he is certainly a cut above the workers, and has spent his time learning the fine art of knighthood, including how to run in armor and knock a man off his horse with a lance. Above the aristocracy are the 'hoppers', kangaroo like creatures that have exclusive rights to technology like cars and planes. Sir Howard enjoys the respect he is give by the workers and does not mind saluting in his turn to the 'hoppers'. That is the order and way of doing things that God has ordained after all. As a last fling before he settles down the young Sir Howard sets of on a journey to nowhere in particular in search of adventure. He soon meets Lyman Haas from Wyoming, an unorthodox fellow skilled in the use of rope lassoing. Together they set out to rescue Sally Mitten, a beautiful young woman who has been detained by a local warlord. Amid all this adventure Sir Howard is sure that the world is as it should be, but is that really so? Events will soon conspire to make him think, and think deeply.

The first part of this novella has a distinct feel of fantasy, as if one was reading some weird alternate history. The combination of medieval society with technology is most intriguing. Then about halfway through the tale 'explanations' are given and the story changes into pure science fiction. Thematically the story is about order in society, particularly through political systems, and what is the best method of doing this.
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Format: Hardcover
Divide and Rule: a weird world of knights and 'hoppers'

Sir Howard Van Slyck is a member of the aristocracy, being the second son of the Duke of Ploughkeepsie. As such he is certainly a cut above the workers, and has spent his time learning the fine art of knighthood, including how to run in armor and knock a man off his horse with a lance. Above the aristocracy are the 'hoppers', kangaroo like creatures that have exclusive rights to technology like cars and planes. Sir Howard enjoys the respect he is give by the workers and does not mind saluting in his turn to the 'hoppers'. That is the order and way of doing things that God has ordained after all. As a last fling before he settles down the young Sir Howard sets of on a journey to nowhere in particular in search of adventure. He soon meets Lyman Haas from Wyoming, an unorthodox fellow skilled in the use of rope lassoing. Together they set out to rescue Sally Mitten, a beautiful young woman who has been detained by a local warlord. Amid all this adventure Sir Howard is sure that the world is as it should be, but is that really so? Events will soon conspire to make him think, and think deeply.

The first part of this novella has a distinct feel of fantasy, as if one was reading some weird alternate history. The combination of medieval society with technology is most intriguing. Then about halfway through the tale 'explanations' are given and the story changes into pure science fiction. Thematically the story is about order in society, particularly through political systems, and what is the best method of doing this.
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