Top sci-fi author’s new story has independent Wales defending itself against England using magic
One of Britain’s best-known sci-fi authors has written a story about an independent Wales that defends itself against England using magic.
The story ‘Red Sky in the Morning’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky, who won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016, is included in the anthology Burning Brightly by NewCon press.
It tells of an independent Wales that has broken away from the rest of the UK that has fallen apart due to floods and crop failures.
After English soldiers invade it’s up to Rhys Ap Owain, the last descendant of Owen Glyndwr, to help the locals by using ancient magic to defend the nation’s autonomy.
In a review of the book, James Lovegrove of the Financial Times said the story was a “wry, understated” and “pointed” commentary, while Eamonn Murphy of SF Crowsnest said that the story is “pure fantasy” but his “Celtic blood surged with pride”.
Adrian Tchaikovsky’s story had been written especially for Burning Brightly, which also includes a contribution from Iain M. Banks. The collection is a mix of new stories and one contributed over the years to Novacon, one of the world’s longest-running science fiction conventions.
To commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary, members of the convention committee have selected their favourite stories from those that have been written by guests for the convention over the years.
These appear alongside original stories by Eric Brown, Ian R. MacLeod, Martin Sketchley, Kari Sperring, and Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Adrian Tchaikovsky openly mused about the possibilities for independence on social media last year, asking: “What if Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all just seceded together as a single unit from England.
“They could install a constitutional monarch and call themselves something, I don’t know, ‘the United Kingdom.'”
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon is available now and can be bought here.