The first novel in the science fiction series Lore of Light and Energy® takes its name from a mighty space station – Quorum Treaty.
Floating silently through the star system of Pretenia, Quorum Treaty® is a planet-sized space station built by the Alliance of Planets. This massive structure contains thousands of decks, levels and docks, not to mention the millions of citizens that call the space station home.
“Zach shook his head in awe. Their ship was floating silently towards a wonder of creation. The boy model builder inside him stared in admiration, whilst his adult military mind shuddered in trepidation. Before him floated a planetary-sized space station.”
Though that was not its original purpose. The Alliance of Planets needed a seat for its Interstellar Quorum – the political court of the Alliance. Housed deep inside the space station is the vast funnel of seats that form a chamber called the Interstellar Quorum. Here debates rage, and Counts are won and lost. After its construction Quorum Treaty quickly became the centre of governance for planets under Alliance control. Representatives from each planet gather to pass laws or motions, with many of them living on the station for long periods of time – often out of convenience because of their many Interstellar Quorum commitments. Though ordinary citizens often argue life is too comfortable on Administrator decks of Quorum Treaty and their Representatives quickly lose touch with the reality of their home planets; war, unequal distribution of wealth, viruses and hunger.
The novel was named in 2016, though writing on the book series commenced in 2015. Author Glen Rothlisberger says, “the book name has significance because of the events that happen at the end of book one. Amidst the war that rages across the universe, Quorum Treaty has become a symbol of defiance. If it falls, what will be the fate of the Alliance of Planets?”
“From this vantage point Quorum Treaty felt impregnable, but Yesmane knew that thought was foolhardy. The truth was this floating station was now a target.”
The portrayal of this enormous space station conjures up grandiose images of power, impregnability and affluence. All this is true, but many of the common citizens now living there do not share in such things. Their lives seem forever affected by the decisions of their Representatives and the Alliance of Planets Command. More and more, several characters in the book come to realise this truth, and soon their loyalty and integrity is tested. Amongst them are Yesmane Galina, Zach Salt, Alzarrae, and Landen Dark. If you are interested in reading a sample chapter from book one, click here for the Prologue.
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