In the year 2026, extreme right-wing governments around the world are strengthening their grip on the masses. In keeping with their nefarious standards, the English fascist educational authorities send London born Dr Pearson, a teacher of mathematics teaching in an excellent school in Cambridge and nearing retirement, to the toughest school in the country in Blyth, Northumberland. Their obvious intention being to legally steal Dr Pearson’s pension by forcing him to either resign or commit a sackable offence under the pressure of attempting to teach in such a tough school. Worse still, though the downtrodden, eccentric, yet defiant Dr Pearson initially refuses to believe it, the cruel educational authorities are the least of his problems as he and nine of his comedic inimitable pupils are drawn into a battle to save the Multiverse.
Dr Pearson and his pupils soon find themselves preparing and attempting a hazardous quest of humongous proportions against impossible odds. With an incredibly diverse array of friends and enemies at every turn, their incredible alternative realities sci-fi odyssey moves them cinematically through their world as well as in and out of a number of different alternative realities involving not only parallel and a series of afterlife worlds but also peculiar shifts in Dimension, Time and Space.
Alas, time quickly starts running out, as an awakened personification of evil, Saliman, once a man and now a monster, is growing stronger and eviler by the second. Dark omnipotent forces welcoming his awakening are rapidly banding together and they are aware of Dr Pearson and his pupils’ quest.
With all these enemies, with Saliman hot on their tails, how will Dr Pearson and his pupils cope with the continual bombardment of alternative realities laced with striking peculiarities and deadly dangers? Just how can they possibly hope to survive their odyssey?
Some may mistakenly label this trilogy under the genre of fantasy. However, although it is certainly phantasmagorical with a large slice of situation comedy, it contains a story that could be true (despite its incredibleness) and any apparent magic is probably a disguise for advanced science and technology.
The Owner of the Crown trilogy will surely entrance readers who were enthralled by C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Material trilogy, Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth , and the science fiction space opera novels of Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Clifford Simak, Arthur Clarke and Ursula Le Guin. Yes, it really is that much of an all-encompassing Multiverse-stretching kaleidoscopic odyssey with humour and heartrending circumstances to bolster its telling.
The Owner of the Crown: A sci-fi odyssey the likes of which literature has never known— that’s Geordies for you!
T. J. P. CAMPBELL’S LETTER OF INSPIRATION FOR HIS THE OWNER OF THE CROWN TRILOGY.
I was initially inspired to write The Owner of the Crown trilogy by my fruitless attempts to teach some Geordie pupils in Blyth, Northumberland a number of years ago.
Some strange goings on took place at the school I taught in— very strange. And even though this trilogy involves ghosts, aliens, afterlife worlds and starships, there are noisy rumours it portrays a true story.
You might be interested to know that a few years after I left the school, it was completely demolished. Flattened into a car park. The school being Blyth Delaval County Middle School on the Plessey Road. Google it!
However, even if this trilogy may be based on some solid facts (as impossible as such a thing might be to believe) I want you to know the characters and the school it features are entirely fictitious (though the school’s grounds its buildings and their rooms are accurately based on the now demolished Delaval County Middle School). Of course, those of you with high intelligence may very well conclude that this does not mean the characters do not exist— just that they do not exist in our world. There is much more of this sort of quantum craziness in the trilogy.
So this trilogy features, among other strange things, Geordies (the peoples of the Tyneside area). Now the Geordie dialect and accent can sometimes seem unfathomable to the likes of me, so just in case you’re new to it, I’ve put some “normal” English translations of common Geordie words and phrases at the beginning of each book. You can also look up famous Geordie celebrities on YouTube. The best example might be the famous Geordie comedian Ross Noble. Why? Because it was his mother who used to teach in my tutor room before I joined the school. A copper nameplate on the classroom door read “Mrs Noble”. You won’t find that on Google, though it does mention on Wikipedia that both Ross Noble’s parents were teachers.
Let me just say, though every Geordie pupil appears to be a natural stand-up comedian, I can’t for the life of me explain the way they think. I’d have to have a Nobel Prize in psychology to even attempt to do such a silly thing. I do have a school 10-yard swimming certificate, but this doesn’t seem to help either— although I wouldn’t be surprised to find that a Geordie pupil might easily prove it should. That’s the magical inimitable Geordies for you. You get the picture?
My wish is that readers of all ages, adults and children, get to enjoy this trilogy. Although it should be easy to read, it can be understood at many different levels, such as in the areas of science, philosophy, politics and sociology. However, it should essentially stand out as a straightforward vast cinematic awesome rollicking science fiction space opera odyssey. At its heart a splendiferous tale of derring-do and the perennial fight of good versus evil.
Finally, I hope this trilogy will lift up even further the spirits of all Geordies and promote Blyth deservedly on the International literary ladder. So dear reader, let me take your mind by the hand and lead it through a Universe of diverse extraordinary imagination …
What some readers are saying about the wide-ranging alternative realities sci-fi trilogy The Owner of the Crown by T. J. P. Campbell:
“This trilogy is an immense feat of storytelling and creative brilliance. The situation comedy developed under such dire circumstances is priceless. Nicola Berlin has to be one of the greatest characters ever invented in the canon of English literature. No character has ever made me laugh and cry so much. The interplay between the pupils was top drawer and although incredulous, came across as very real. Often the humour would strike from leftfield and take me unawares. A word of warning, if you have a weak heart, be very careful if you read any of the books in this trilogy— or you might die laughing! In saying all this, I would like to emphasise this trilogy is by no means a comedy. In fact, it has quite an ominously dark undertone throughout.” Poppy (Wattpad).
“A thrilling trilogy. One for the ages, methinks. A clever balance of mystery and suspense. I was shocked and thoroughly entertained by the nature and explanation of the afterlife worlds in this trilogy. This author has pulled off the impossible trick of writing a tale that is beyond extraordinary yet down-to-earth.” Anil (Wattpad).
“Highly recommended. A swashbucklingly outrageous adventure. The author’s writing is often described as being very cinematic. I found this to be the case. Often I got so pulled in to the verisimilitude of it all, that even though I must’ve been reading words on a page, I found myself embedded in the places I was reading about. There was this one scene where Erica Ashbarten (the brave Geordie pupil) decided to have a chat with a wounded Dragonian (a silicon-based intelligent alien very similar to a mythological dragon) in a park. As I read, I found myself sitting down on the park’s grass with Erica and the Dragonian wishing to join in the conversation. Having read the entire trilogy I can now see why the media form of books will never die. Even watching a film, you could never get this close to a fictional reality. I have a picture in my mind of the characters in this trilogy, particularly of Dr Pearson (the math teacher) and his Geordie pupils, and no film could ever come close to portraying them. They are so unique you would just never find the actors to play them. Who on this earth could play Nicola Berlin?” Marylou ( Wattpad).
“Flabbergasting! A great read. I found myself following a long and winding yellow brick road, careful not to step off it, and guessing where it would take me. None of my guesses proved correct. How could they?” Fernando (Wattpad).