Era: Human historical (later period). Technology: Military (self-contained), non-time-active. By the end of the fifth millennium AD, the homunculi created by the human species - clones, cross-breeds, fighting-machines and artificial intelligences of all descriptions - outnumbered humanity by more than thirteen to one: But even so, there were no creations like those of Peking. Heading a 1,000-strong army of individually-crafted automata, the 12 commanders were self-aware embodiments of the oriental zodiac, forged to a strict astrological design, and said to incorporate history itself in their operating program. After the fall of Peking, however, most were never accounted for....
Written by Lawrence Miles. Directed by Nigel Fairs. Post Production and Music by Nigel Fairs. Produced by Bill Baggs. Featuring: Suzanne Proctor (Cousin Justine), Michael Chance (Lord Sandwich), Jo Castleton (The Sieur d’Eon), Emma Kilbey (Cousin Eliza), Jackie Skarvellis (Mistress Culver), Eric MacLennan (King George III), Caroline Burns-Cooke (Queen Charlotte), Mark Grieg (The Earl of Bute), and Linda Bartram (The Lady / Annabel).
A full-cast audio drama.
"Continuing where Sabbath Dei left off, In the Year of the Cat is much more of a dialogue-lead audio than an all-out action piece. However there is much to commend here, such as Justine`s showdown with the homunculus, and the results of which, that bring Lolita back to the centre of the action at the tale`s conclusion. In their own way, the Faction Paradox tales are developing into almost something of a soap opera and it will be interesting to see how long it can be sustained." (Stuart Gutteridge)
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