It’s forty years since Cotman died in the incomplete Crystal Chamber, and freed England once and for all from the tyranny of democracy. The Guardians of Office impounded his papers the moment they learned his fate, secured his office and put his drafts into storage, leaving his wife unaware of how and why he’d died. Now, in old age, she tasks a reporter with finding some answers.
But Cotman’s work has utterly changed the country he lived in. The Balancing Department, the Office for Party Parity, the Committee for Electoral Valuation … all these and more have been swept away. We have no MPs and no Prime Minister, and the people Cotman worked with are dying.
Cotman was an Averagee: the most average man in England. This afforded him special status – and a unique obligation. The Guardians of Office forced him to live as a hermit, controlled his movements, and every three months tested his blood… but they never knew that the doctor had told him he had no more than a year to live.