The Quadrant Story
As the story opens, 5 million people live
inside The Quadrant dome's artificial environment, unaware (for almost a
thousand years) that anything exists outside. Controlled by the relentless
efficiency of "The System" which increasingly monitors their lives
while it progressively deprives them of a sense of history, they face the
approach of their millennium with foreboding. An air of deepening crisis
permeates The Quadrant, and no one seems to know why.
While most of the population struggles
to eke out a meager existence on the Outer Boardz -- hoping to avoid the
unspeakable horrors of Downshaft -- the elites frolic by night in the plezhurr
domes of Krania, heedlessly ignoring the warning signs of impending doom.
Unknown to all but a few, an unlikely hero stumbles upon a chance discovery
which holds out hope for The Quadrant, just as the rogue candidacy of a
ruthless demagogue threatens to engulf it in terror, cataclysm, and war.
(C) 1997, 1998, 1999, by Richard Gabrio, all rights reserved