The story so far (well, at least the part which I'm writing!) involves a visit to a foundry by some of the characters. This foundry is back up and running following the industrial collapse of the catastrophe. Of course, this location is in Wales (I suppose you guessed that!) It struck me that one of the problems that could be encountered in the running this foundry would the ready availability of coke. Would they easily be able to get it from coal sources in North-East Wales? Would it be the right sort of low-sulphurous grade? Would they have to use charcoal instead, which would be less efficient?

Of course, the process of improved Iron smelting through the use of coke is something which brought about the industrial revolution, thanks to the efforts of the Darbys of Coalbrookdale in the 18th Century, a place not exactly that far away from where I'm sitting at the moment (Oswestry, Shropshire). Seeing as the book is set in this part of the world, and the fact that the background is post-industrial decline set against Peak Oil, it seems appropriate to weave this into the story in some way. So this is what I have done. An allusion to an age past, a reminiscence of a series of events that set us on the path to the place where we are now? It seems well worth including. I hope you, gentle reader, agree when you finally get to read the book itself.

If you're interested in knowing more about the Darby's and Ironbridge/Coalbrookdale, the museums are worth a visit. Check out the link below for info:


About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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