Author: Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Empires that bounce back

A wonderful writers’ group I’m part of recently started discussing civilization. There were many sub-discussions, but one thing struck my interest: someone pointed out that our civilization, unlike any that has gone before is global, networked across the entire planet. And thus, how it might fall cannot be predicted from studying past empires, which were just isolated pockets without the network effects.

The May End Update! Featuring GDPR and more.

First, a GDPR update (we’re required to do this). If you want to understand what I do with your data (like this email, hop over to If anything in there makes you uncomfortable, you...

The Technology of the Commonwealth Empires

One of the key challenges of designing the alternate-reality world of the Commonwealth Empires  is getting the technologies of the world right. When I started writing, I knew a few things about this alternate British Empire. One, they  never went through the first world war as we know it.