Firstly, I would like to extend grateful thanks to my Alma
Mater, the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences in the
University of Sussex.
At the University of Sussex, particular thanks go to James Sharp
of the Waveguide Group for explaining fibre optic technology
until his face turned blue; to Andy Clark and Aaron Sloman, for
introducing me to artificial intelligence in the first place; and
especially to Jonathan Wakelin of the Low Temperature Group for
his patience in giving me a whole series of crash courses in the
behaviour of superconductors - and, incidentally, destroying
several putative plot lines, and forcing the creation of others
on the spurious grounds that they conformed to the real world of
In addition, I would like to extend my gratitude to the many
police officers in Merseyside and East Sussex who assisted me
with aspects of Wye's replacement legal system, particularly with
regard to the Three-R sentencing policy, and with the potential
effects of the reforms of the drug and consensual sex laws which
Wye initiated towards the end of 1999. Sadly, those officers
informed me they are contractually required not to provide this
assistance, and so they wish to remain anonymous.
Thanks also to Mark H. Baker, from whose Flight of the Navigator
I stole...ahem, 'borrowed'...the name of the first British
spacecraft; to Larry Niven, William Burroughs, Robert Anton
Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Bill Watterson, Harry Harrison and
Douglas Hofstadter, for their books; and to Paul Simon, Dr Hook,
Billy Joel, AC/DC, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and John Lennon for
Very special thanks go to the late Robert A. Heinlein and the
late Isaac Asimov, each of whose writings - Heinlein through his
science fiction, and Asimov through both his science fact and the
Foundation novels - influenced me at a very early age. They are
Last - but, to abuse an old cliche, not least - thanks to my
parents, George & Sylvia Stead, for everything. And to my
grandparents, Nathaniel & Eunice Bowden and John & Elizabeth
Stead, for everything else.
Since nobody ever reads these acknowledgements sections, perhaps
this is a bad place to ask a couple of questions. But I'm going
to ask them anyway. Can you recall what happened to the ex-Mrs
Wye? Or to the nuclear devices which Graham planted at strategic
locations throughout the British Isles? I was only asking...
All errors of fact, misunderstandings or omissions are, of
course, my own - and all political and philosophical views
expressed by the characters in The Bloodless Coup are held only
by a deranged psychopath living somewhere in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
12th January 1994
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