Monday, March 12, 2007

Prince Charles, thatch, and the collapse of civilization

The Prince of Wales recently was quoted as saying McDonald's restaurants "should be banned" (in the United Arab Emirates, if not the UK).

What do we call that, "nutritional mercantilism"?

Although I admire him for his environmental work and his line of organic foods, I laughed pretty hard at Steve Stirling's fictionalized version of the prince in A Meeting at Corvallis, the final book of his post-Collapse trilogy. (Yes, I know, trilogies . . . )

I have mentioned Stirling's fairly realistic Wiccan characters, but the third book offers an England where now-King Charles rules, and he has imposed his aesthetic taste on as much of the nation as he controls. Houses must have thatched roofs, while farmers and laborers must wear the old cotton smock when they work outdoors. "De national dress, mon," says a Jamaican immigrant turned farmer.

Update: Alice Thomson calls the prince a true prophet.

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Anonymous Lunofajro said...

Book #4 "The Sunrise Lands" will be released in Sept. 2007. It is set 22 years after The Change

2:20 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

I suppose that when you get a good alternative history scenario up and running and fire on all cylinders (pre-Change joke), then you don't want to abandon it.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous S.M. Stirling said...

Hell, no! Not after all that work... 8-).

Yeah, people who know/know of Prince Charles tend to find that bit amusing.

I like the guy myself. He's done some valuable work and I more or less agree with his views on architecture. But he can be a bit... strange.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Have you ever read Bryan Talbot's Luther Arkwright series?

In that, there is an alternative reality version of Charles. Very amusing.

Like any individual, Charles is right some of the time, and way off the mark some of the time. I like his views on architecture, but not his views on hunting.

11:19 AM  

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