Book 1 in the Worthing series (1979)
Capitol is not a novel and also not a short story collection. While all the stories in Capitol are completely self-contained, they are placed in the book in chronological order, to gradually unfold the biography of a world and a way of life…
Capitol is a world whose only hope is sleep, whose only sleep is death, and whose dreams are fulfilled dangerously often.
From the invention of the immortality drug somec, witch only available to the privileged few, to a far-flung empire on the edge of the galaxy, CAPITOL traces the fulfillment of mankind’s loftiest dreams-and most dismal nightmares. It is not a utopia; but some people manage to find a kind of happiness, a kind of peace, and even, sometimes, a kind of nobility.