In the Books Section:
- Ringil Eskiath
- Lady kir-Archeth (half-Kiriath)
- Egar (Dragonbane)
Other Key Influences
- Jelim (deceased)
- Ishil Eskiath (Ringil’s mother)
- Seethlaw (the dwenda)
- Did you like the book? Why or why not?
- What other books that you’ve read did this most bring to mind?
Fantasy? Noir? Military? Science fiction? Other?
- Ringil, Archeth and Egar are heroic veterans of the last great
world endangering war, yet all seem to be somewhat on the edges of
society, living lives that are shadows of their former glory. What
does Morgan seem to be saying about the shelf life of heroes?
- None of the societies presented in The Steel Remains are the
idyllic visions often found in fantasy fiction – corruption, tyranny,
violence… with nary a beloved “High King” or equivalent ruler among the
elite. What does Morgan seem to be saying about the societies we
often see in fantasy literature?
- There are a number of magic-seeming/supernatural elements in the
novel… yet many of them Morgan seems to suggest are more a matter of
a vastly superior technology. What did you think of his use of this
“sufficiently advanced technology” form of magic? How consistent did
you think its use was?
- There are hints and suggestions that the dwenda may be a
far-evolved future version of the humanity presented in The Steel
Remains… what did you think of the use of these elements?
- The title of the novel The Steel Remains refers to many things –
the steel resolve remaining in heroes after they are put out to
pasture, the detritus on a battlefield after a war, the remnants of a
civilization after time has elapsed. In what ways did the title seem
to resonate for you?
- The novel is certainly not sex-shy – in fact it includes some
rather graphic sex scenes to go along with some graphic scenes of
violence. Did you find the graphic nature of parts of the story
- The Steel Remains was selected as the Gaylactic Spectrum Award
winner for Best Novel in 2010. What did you think of the GLBT content
in the book? Is this a book you would have chosen to win an award
recognizing outstanding speculative fiction with significant positive
- Is there anything else you found in The Steel Remains that *you*
wanted to discuss?