Sylviron Author:Joel David Welty THE CRISIS OF CONSENT IN THE YEAR 2007 — "..I withdraw my consent. That government based upon the consent of the governed has just lost one small fraction of its legitimacy. I cannot consent to a government exercising compulsion capriciously. I consent only to a society built upon cooperation, not compulsion -- upon mutuality, not exploitation."
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ED BARTLETT: A young man with a promising career in an important government bureau -- but he abandones his career for something better.
LILY LINWOOD: A young woman made hostile by bitter experience, a modern day Cassandra who -- like the original Cassandra -- turns out to be right.
PROFESSOR FLOYD FREUD: A clown, a conspirator, a player of mysterious games, drawing upon the favors of friends to carry out purposes no one knows but himself -- and a good man to have on your side in a tight spot.
CAPTAIN JIM BOOTH: Religious fanatic, gladly making any sacrifice to advance the cause of the Georgie-Porgies.
MERLIN: How did he die, if, indeed, he did? If he still lives, then where is he? Why does his memory have such a hold on so many people?
All the world of the twenty-first century is stagnant, dull and oppressed by the hand of a decaying autocracy, all but Sylviron. In the small village, cooperation works. But the arrival of Ed Bartlett forever changes Sylviron. And Sylviron changes Ed Bartlett.« less