The inspiration for the Administration series of stories is a maxim of Chris Boucher, script editor of Blakes 7There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.
One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world where torture is a legal part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division.
One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a 'sim' system which places users in a fully-immersive virtual reality.
Their world is the dark future dystopia of New London, where Europe is controlled by a totalitarian bureaucracy, which shares political power with powerful corporations. The oppressive government uses torture, violence and the various Divisions of the feared Department of Internal Security to maintain power. The corporations fight amongst themselves, using lethal force under the euphemism of 'corporate sabotage', uniting only to resist attempts by the Administration to extend its control over them.
The series follows Warrick and Toreth, and their families, friends and enemies as they struggle to survive and hope to prosper.
Oh, yesand there is sex, and violence, and other things that upset the people who rate films. Those of you who want to know more can check the warnings page.
I strongly recommend reading the series in the order presented to the rightthis is not quite the same as their time-line order. Some stories are only available in the paperbacks/ebooks (where they have
excerpts available online, those are indented in the list).
If you would like a taster to introduce the Administration stories, then the first section of the novel 'Mind Fuck' makes a stand-alone short story, 'Virtual'.
And that's all, other than to say that I hope you enjoy the stories.
If you want to keep up to date with the Administration Series, you have several options. There's are notes and news journals on Livejournal and Dreamwidth, and I also have a Tumblr and a Goodreads blog. I crosspost announcements, so follow whichever site is most convenient for you.