From the void called chaos emerged a vicious cycle: Just as Caelus did to Terra and her children, so their son Cronus did to Rhea and her children. And just as Cronus dispatched Caelus for the crimes he had committed, so again Rhea's son Zeus dispatched Cronus and took his place. And to his consorts and their children, Zeus did as his father and his father's father had done to theirs: abuse and destroy them. So too do we humans create, abuse, and destroy our own, only to be overthrown by our own offspring.
The events which precipitated the war in our own time are as well understood today as the events leading to the Great War were understood by the participants of its second iteration. In recounting the more complex engagements and the sheer brutality of industrialized conflict, linear narratives like those which open the war become so muddled that a full account of the past may at times be impossible without the aid of imagination.
Among the following pages, the reader will find little regarding the precipitating events of the war precisely because of the way in which those subjects have been covered extensively by others. The aim of this narrative is instead to follow those confused and entangled threads of history born out of individual experience. Here the reader will not be told of the grand strategy employed by the Suffolk Admiralty, or the chaotic events which played out on the floor of the new International Assembly Building in Warsaw. The narrative is instead formed around a series of events and their participants who, by the vagaries of fate and history, set in motion events which concluded humanity’s first great war in space — and suffered for it.
Act I: Stasis
Prologue: “A Tour of the Solar System”
Act II: Metabasis
Prologue: “Stanleyville, the Land of King Kapitaal”
Act III: Anacalypsis
Prologue: “Hearts of Space”
Act IV: Apoleia
Prologue: “Return to Heaven”
Epilogue: The Nine-Hour War
Postface: On the Eve of War
Appendices & Essays
The International Confederation: Absolute Capitalism & the Privatization of Democracy
A Timeline of the War in Space: From Zanscar to Gisgo