By Richard Cowper
From the vaults of the SF Gateway, the main entire electronic library of vintage SFF titles ever assembled, comes a fantastic creation to 1 of the original voices of British technological know-how fiction, John Middleton Murry, Jr, who wrote his most sensible paintings below the pen identify Richard Cowper.
The son of the recognized critic John Middleton Murry, Cowper introduced himself to the technological know-how fiction international in 1967 with leap forward, which stumbled on favour for a subtlety and richness of characterisation no longer obvious in such a lot modern SF. the assumption of a reworked destiny England turned his signature leitmotif and it really is this topic that informs the Corlay stories contained during this omnibus. this is often the total Corlay series, that includes introductory novella 'PIPER on the GATES OF sunrise' and novels the line TO CORLAY, A DREAM OF KINSHIP and A TAPESTRY OF TIME.
THE street TO CORLAY:
On the Eve of the Fourth Millennium a slowly-building civilization, suffering out of the rubble of the Drowning, used to be beaten underneath the sceptre of a robust and repressive Church. yet at the Eve of the Fourth Millennium the sound of a mystical pipe used to be heard, and the air used to be packed with songs of freedom and enlightenment. And at the Eve of the Fourth Millennium the Boy seemed, bringing the reward of sacrilege, a harbinger of the longer term, heralding the coming of the White chicken of Dawning. it's the coming of a brand new Age. an excellent destiny bearing the provides of the past!
A DREAM OF KINSHIP:
They got here to smash! The treacherous Falcons, uniformed within the black leather-based tunics of the enthusiast Secular Arm, descended on Corlay to burn and kill. Commanded by way of Lord consistent, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, they have been decided to weigh down the non secular heresy of Kinship. yet a brand new dream rose from the ashes... while 4 Kinsmen escaped the carnage in their cherished land, each one helped to meet the miracle that were foretold: the arriving of the kid of the Bride of Time.
A TAPESTRY OF TIME:
Twenty years have handed because the martyrdom of the Boy-piper at York, two decades within which his legacy, the circulate of Kinship, has challenged the tyranny of the Church Militant in Britain's seven island kingdoms. Now his namesake, Tom, bearing the Boy's personal pipes and maybe himself imbued with the spirit of the White chicken, is wandering Europe in corporation with the woman, Witchet. yet catastrophe overtakes them and Tom, in a hairy of vengeance, breaks his vow of Kinship. A negative direction lies ahead of him, one who transcends his personal international. As he travels it, Tom needs to come to appreciate the real nature of the wild White fowl, of The Bride of Time and her baby, and of the track the megastar Born sang.