My A-Z theme this year is a guide to my trilogy of novels called ‘The State Trilogy’. Set in an unnamed island country known only as ‘The State’, in the imagined near future, the books follow the intertwining stories of a number of characters, principally a State police detective named Danny Samson and an assassin, Gabriella Marino, over a period of six years. It begins with the assassination of an elected official and spirals into revolution and civil war. Part political thriller, action story, war story and dystopian science fiction, the trilogy took three years to complete and the books are available to read now – you can find links to purchase them HERE

In The State Trilogy, ‘F’ stands for:

Franklin Samson: Also ‘Father’. Franklin is Danny Samson’s father and appears in the first book of the trilogy. I wanted to explore the subject of old age and mortality in the near future. If science and medicine can cure all disease, we will all live longer, but the human body is not designed to go beyond a certain age. Things wear out physically. That was one side effect. But they also wear out mentally. After more than a hundred years, and trapped in aging bodies, does there come a point when we have had enough life? When we’ve done and seen everything we can and achieved all that we wanted and loved and lost. A time when we can slip away, contented with a life well lived?

First Strike War: A global conflict that has spanned almost half a decade, sparked by a nuclear attack on the Civil American States. Although not directly dealt with in the books, the war happens abroad and provides a backdrop and motivation to some of the actions and actors in the stories. Some characters like Gabriella and Phillips have served overseas in the military, fighting in the war. The government of the State use the war as a reason for many of the policies they instigate at home – some correctly, some malevolently. The truth about the cause of the war and the ensuing actions of world powers contributes to the civil unrest that unfolds in the State cities.

The Fort: A military outpost in the wilderness in the northern part of the State, designed to protect the north-west coast of the country from sea and air attack from enemies in the First Strike War and from terrorists. In ‘State of Denial’, Danny and Lucas must reach The Fort and from there try to reach Central City, without being detected.

Future: Or, futurism. I am not an expert on the future, and had no intention at first of setting my trilogy in the future. In the end, with the political turmoil in America, Britain and Scotland, it became easier to set my story of political scandal in a future world that resembled these places, rather than the trying to fit it in to the rapidly-changing real world. I didn’t do specific research into what a future world might look like, and I didn’t want the focus of the books to dwell in these things. Rather I wanted to create a consistent and believable world for my characters and their stories to live in. Much can be made by simply keeping on top of the news: climate change, energy crisis, electric self-driving cars, immigration and global populations – all will impact our way of life. If there is the political will then a universal basic income and guaranteed housing for all could well happen. A global conflict and nuclear attack in the future? Maybe. I don’t claim that anything in the novels is how things will be, or an accurate guess, but I think I succeeded in creating a believable backdrop for the story to unfold against.

Next up – G is for: Gabriella Marino, Glasgow, Great Britain, Giesler and Genetics

All the entries in the A-Z of ‘The State Trilogy’ can be found HERE

The books are available from a wide selection of online retailers, including AMAZON

30 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: F”

  1. Another interesting post. Like most of us (at my age range anyway), I’ve had that experience of the aging/very sick parent. The “Father” one definitely speaks to me. Have a great day!

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  2. Hari Om
    …and as you will have seen from my Wild YAM posts, I spent nearly all of 2020 in care of an ageing/dying father. I spent several years before retirement (as a physician) in aged cares also. The question as to ‘ready to die’ is as varied as the individuals who must face it. Some fear leaving and fight it all the way. Some beg to leave. Then there were those who accepted the turn of nature gracefully.

    Allegory in story-telling is one of the best tools an author has and it seems from what I have read in these posts, you have used it well! YAM xx

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  3. Some really interesting thoughts in this post. As a nurse I have looked after lots of very old people in the past, and most of them bemoaned how much their bodies were letting them down when in their heads they could still do so much. I wonder how this will be resolved in the future.

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    • It’s just a fact of nature that the human body isn’t designed to last longer than about 100 years maximum. It’s such a shame to see people fade away either mentally or physically.


  4. I believe the future is something we create, so not knowing it, seems healthy. I also do wonder if aging is truly unavoidable or will science get to such a deep understanding of how we age, that we might be able to at least slow it a bit. Beautiful thing about a story set in the future is that it allows us to explore such interesting questions about what it means to be human.

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    • Thanks Shari, that is the best thing about writing a novel in the future, dystopian or otherwise, it gives space to explore these themes and ideas.


  5. I do feel that many years from now you would look at the future aspects of your novel and say “I told you so..” with the way things are rapidly changing around the world.

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  6. Intriguing post, particularly the portion on aging. A quality old age depends on how we live our younger years — with exercise, healthy lifestyle, good nutrition. Changing behaviors in youth could make all the difference.

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    • Very true, and it does seem the younger generation are much more health conscious from an early age, so perhaps in fifty or sixty years they will see the benefit of that. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  7. Wow, Iain. What better way to build intrigue about your books than the A-Z – but so very uncommon and an innovative approach, this one! The initial old-age and mental satisfaction of having lived a full life, reminds me of Ikigai and the Japanese way of living. Hale and hearty and fit well into their 90s and 100s. I wonder if Franklin Samson is similar.

    And what a coincidence that you talk about political will and a universal basic income. I was reading an article in the Times of India today on the exact same thing (

    Your writing is so relevant. Am going to pick up your books as well, looking forward to reading those!


    • Thanks so much Deepa, glad you found it interesting. There seems to be more and more call for trying a universal basic income. It would certainly help many and take a lot of stress out of life – like the worry of job losses for example. We shall see if any country manages to implement it successfully. Thanks for the link, an interesting read!


  8. The way you dealt with ageing via Danny’s father worked well for me, especially after a few years experience helping to nurse my elderly father with two forms of dementia.

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    • I’m so glad that worked. I haven’t lost a close relative to dementia (yet), and trying to imagine what it could be like caring for them and seeing them slip away was tricky. I’m glad it worked for you.

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