Saturday, 24 May 2008

precognition

Have you ever experienced one of those coincidences that make you suspect there's more at work than random fate?

Last night I was thinking about Manna's Own SlashFic Archive where a few years ago I found the amazing Administration series. I have to admit I hadn't thought about it for some time, but last night it suddenly popped into my mind that I should go back and re-(re-)read the stories.

Then today I received an e-mail from her to announce the release of the second book in the series. The first, Mind Fuck, has been available from Casperian Books since October and the second, Quid Pro Quo is out now. Besides some of the stories from the website, the latter contains a previously unreleased novella.

To explain about the setting of the stories I'm shamelessly copying her own introduction on the site:

The inspiration for the Administration series of stories is a maxim of Chris Boucher, script editor of Blakes 7—There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.

One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world where torture is a legitimate part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division.

One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a 'sim' system which places users in a fully-immersive virtual reality.

Their world is the dark future dystopia of New London, where Europe is controlled by a totalitarian bureaucracy, which shares political power with powerful corporations. The oppressive government uses torture, violence and the various Divisions of the feared Department of Internal Security to maintain power. The corporations fight amongst themselves, using lethal force under the euphemism of 'corporate sabotage', uniting only to resist attempts by the Administration to extend its control over them.

And they have lots of hot and kinky sex. If you like that sort of thing, have a look on the site and perhaps even order the books (I will, as soon as I can get money to PayPal). What I admire about Manna is that there are some very disturbing aspects to the books too and yet she manages to keep me wanting more. Just be advised that:

  • Most stories set in the Administration contain m/m or m/f sex scenes.
  • Many stories in the Administration contain consensual BDSM of varying degrees of severity.
  • Some stories contain non-consensual sex and/or violence.
  • Some stories contain 'issues of consent', such as a superior exploiting a subordinate, or other cases where full consent is in doubt.
  • Two stories contain references to child abuse.

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