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The Dominion, written by Ralph Centennius in 1983, is a thought-provoking and immersive novel that delves into complex themes of power, control, and human nature. Set in a dystopian future, Centennius creates a gripping narrative that expertly combines elements of science fiction and political intrigue.

The story revolves around a totalitarian society known as The Dominion, which is governed by a dictatorship keen on maintaining absolute rule. Centennius masterfully builds this oppressive world, complete with detailed descriptions of its architecture, technology, and the daily lives of its citizens. Through vivid imagery, the author manages to make The Dominion both fascinating and terrifying.

At the heart of the novel lies a memorable cast of characters, each struggling to navigate the realities of life under an authoritarian regime. The protagonist, whose name is intentionally concealed, serves as an effective guide for readers to explore this grim reality. As they delve deeper into the world of The Dominion, the protagonist's journey mirrors the reader's own emotional turmoil, making for a truly immersive and captivating experience.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is Centennius' ability to create a sense of palpable tension and suspense. The author cleverly employs plot twists and surprises at key moments, leaving readers on the edge of their seats. Additionally, the story's pacing is well-executed, with a perfect balance between action-packed scenes and slower, reflective moments. This ensures that the narrative remains engaging throughout.

Another commendable aspect of The Dominion is Centennius' skillful exploration of political themes. As the story unfolds, the author offers insightful commentary on the dangers of totalitarianism, highlighting the potential consequences of power in the wrong hands. Through his characters, Centennius prompts readers to contemplate the fragility of personal freedoms and the importance of defending individual rights.

While the novel's plot and themes are undoubtedly its strengths, some readers may find themselves wishing for more character development. Although the protagonist is compelling, other characters at times feel slightly underdeveloped and lacking in depth. However, given the book's focus on societal critique and the fast-paced narrative, this is a minor flaw that does not significantly detract from the overall experience.

In conclusion, The Dominion is a noteworthy contribution to the dystopian genre. Ralph Centennius skillfully crafts a chilling and realistic world, populated by characters that resonate with readers. Both thought-provoking and suspenseful, this novel explores themes of power, control, and the fight for freedom in an oppressive society. Fans of dystopian literature will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this tale, which serves as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance against forces seeking to strip individuals of their autonomy.

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This etext was produced by Andrew Sly


The Dominion in 1983 was first published as a thirty page booklet in 1883 under the pseudonym Ralph Centennius. (The author's real name is unknown.) This edition has been proof read word by word against a copy of the original on microfiche. (Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions no. 00529)

In this text, a mixture of American and British spelling can be found. (For example "harbour" and "favor" are both used.) The phrase "rocket car" is hyphenated twice, while appearing three times as two individual words. There are also some instances of unusual spelling and capitalization of words. With the exception of a few small emendations, spelling, capitalization and punctuation have been preserved as in the original.


by Ralph Centennius

Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada, in the year 1883, by Toker & Co., Publisher on behalf of the Author, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.


"Before the curing of a strong disease, "Even in the instant of repair and health, "The fit is strongest; evils that take leave, "On their departure most of all show evil." King John, Act III.

In the present advanced and happy times it is instructive to take a retrospective glance at the days of our forefathers of the nineteenth century, and to meditate upon the political struggles and events of the past hundred years, that by so doing we may gain a clear insight into the causes which have led to the present wonderful developments... Continue reading book >>

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