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"But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, construct a transatlantic bridge? Why do Oxford row against Cambridge?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because we are British."

A speech by Prince Edward, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on his acceptance of the role of Vice Chancellor of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford.

June 17th 1961.


“This is one small step for a man

But a giant leap for the British Empire!”


Neal Armstrong-Jones

Sea of Storms

July 28th 1969



The mysterious Cecil rescues a Russian dissident and discovers that the soviets are planning to put an object into the ether.

Prince Edward announces that the Empire will put an Englishman on the moon by the end of the decade and begins the Race into the Ether.

BASA begins the experiments that will eventually lead to the moon shot.  Arthur Clarke is selected to lead the project with Cecil selected as the first Ethernaut.

In the 1966 Olympics, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones wins the Ladies’ Dash, a South American runs a three minute mile and a Russian completes the Egg and Spoon race in under 30s.  Investigation shows that the New Aztecs are cheating in a very un-British way.  The PTB realise that the drugs used to cheat in the Olympics might enable a man to survive in space and so send Cecil to negotiate a trade agreement.

The PTB realise that they will need a base on or near the equator and send Cecil to work with the Kenyan rebels.  Once the rebels have been built into a creditable threat the British government sends an expeditionary force, led by Prince Edward, to wipe out the Mau Mau uprising.  Cecil was unaware that this was the plan and had made many friends within the rebels.  He begins to question his devotion to the Empire which eventually leads him to be de-selected as the first man on the moon.

The Ether Race continues and moves into space and Arthur supervises building the moon rocket in orbit.  Cecil defects to the Russians and they launch an unsuccessful last minute attempt to get a woman to the moon first.

Neil Armstrong-Jones becomes the first man on the moon, closely followed by his mother.  The Ethernauts return to a hero’s welcome

While all this happens the shadowy Diogenes club hides in the background, manipulating people and events.

Neil Armstrong-Jones brings back something from the moon and we find out the true nature of the mission


Other Books


Steam Wars

The British Empire examines the artefact brought back from the moon and realises that the Earth has been visited by Extra Terrestrials and that they have left artefacts under the snow in Iceland and Antarctica.  The race begins between The Empire and the rest of the world to capture and use the new technologies which takes the world to the brink of war.


Steam Trek

The British Empire expands into space.   They take the British way of life to strange new worlds and new civiisations.


The Information Super Carriageway underpins much of the story.  This could easily be changed into an App.