This post was originally published on my Blogger Account on the 5th of March 2010. This post has been edited before it was published today.
Finally this post includes very limited SPOILERS for The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
This time last week I finished The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod – a futuristic thriller set in Edinburgh and New Zealand. It was a fun read with lots of very interesting ideas about robots and religion. Sadly none of them were fully explored in my view.
However, that is not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the location of the final scenes in the book. This is the dramatic conclusion where our heroes – The Lothian and Borders police – send a civilian, undercover, into a meeting of bad guys which is happening in Linlithgow. Yes that small sleepy commuter down about 30 minutes outside of Edinburgh.
Now for those who don’t know the place – for haven’t clicked on the link above – Linlithgow is my home town. It is small, with a population of 13,400 and, as you would expect, very little happens there. Indeed we are more famous for two things, one of which has happened yet. According to the son of the actor, James Doohan, his famous famous role, Scotty from Star Trek was born in Linlithgow. Not till the year 2222 though.
The other thing actually fits nicely with the book itself. In 1570, James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, became the first ever person to be assassinated by a firearm. Ironically the assassination took place outside what was to become Linlithgow’s Sherrif Court. Maybe the idea of terrorists hiding out in Linlithgow isn’t as mad as I first though!