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The Irrational Trilogy

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, my next novel, Integration, forms part of a trilogy of thematically-linked novels set in the same universe. I thought it was about time I wrote about how they all fit together.

Carelessly, I wrote Long Division first, despite the fact that I now see it as the second novel in my trilogy. In my defence, I had no idea I was writing a trilogy until after I'd published it, but hey, these things happen. Actually it makes little difference whether you read Integration or Long Division first, they are very much independent novels with only a small linkage that you might even miss. It's not until Differentiation that the two threads become unified into a more coherent whole - but even then, I hope that Differentiation will work as a standalone novel without needing to have read the earlier works. We'll see on the latter, but it's starting to crystallise nicely in my mind now.

I'll shortly do a separate blog post on each novel covering their current status. I am planning on a "second edition" of Long Division to come out after Integration is published to make it work better as part of the trilogy. Only minor tweaks, and not to the story itself, but I'll cover the details in that separate article.

I've ended up selecting a short quotation in the front of each novel as they helped me keep the novels on the right thematic track. I thought I'd include them here to give an overview, plus an indication of each novel's setting as a bit of a teaser. Click on the links for more details of the status of each novel.


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana

Set on Earth in two distinct timelines; one in a world riven by division and about to be engulfed in nuclear war; the second two centuries later, the world having been saved and at peace, but suffering from unrecognised consequences.

Long Division

10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction - Susan Sontag

Set on the authoritarian world of Juno, whose society is undermined by a secretive resistance movement.


Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Set on the Earth from Integration and Juno from Long Division - and other planets - around a century later, as a mysterious ghost-like race make contact.

The Muffler's Ministry cover
The Muffler's Mission cover
In Memory of Chris Parsons cover
A Vision of Unity cover
A Division of Order cover
A Revision of Reality cover
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