Much of Guide is set after the Fall of Western Civilisation. It occurs between 2060 and 2062. The chronology of events by chapter is:
- A High Place
- and Mouse
- Bearer Note
- Berkeley Heights
- la belle époque
- Trap Door
- Gun Law
- Dead City Culture
- Rochester Enclave
- Ticket to the Ball
- Child Speak, Child Spark
- The Xenocotrix
- Shadows and Light
Working out when things happen.
The following extracts refer to date / time etc, quoting relevant chapter; and take the form:
Thursday, 21st April 2061, on the other side of the world…
… Its type was first found in former New York, on 17th April 2060.
A HIGH PLACE
Twelve months earlier, Manhattan, Former Urban Area Number One, l’Amérique du Nord.
Snick, snick, snicker. What were they up to? Ghostly images on infra-red. Moving in. A world separated from tenuous starlight. Storm tossed clouds hunted down nimbostratus gaps, sealing them one by one.
Do it. Do it. Do it.
She wrenched the device.
Three days later….
Hsuchia looked at herself in the mirror and remembered. Golden locks. She was cutting the ties, one by one. Her hair, the bloodmark, her femininity. Soon it would be different, she would blend into the imminent Musikfest and be gone.
(Bethlehem Musikfest is 06/08/60 to 15/08/60 – i.e. 1st Friday in the month to following Sunday)
Thursday August Fifth, Twenty-Sixty, had been a successful day.
Wednesday, 14th July 2060 (Leave Bethlehem)
Tuesday, 20th July
Thursday, 22nd July
Monday, 2nd August
Wednesday, 4th August
Friday, 6th August. (meet Triste)
Friday, 6th August,
Friday, 6th August
Monday, 9th August, 2060 [final message, audio]
DEAD CITY CULTURE
The afternoon of July Fourth, Twenty Sixty-Two, was wearing on.
In the early morning hours of eleventh July, Twenty Sixty-Two (thus the Ball took place 10/07/62)
M. Rochelle visiting Quebec in September of Twenty Sixty
In the afternoon of Monday, ninth of August, Twenty Sixty their Buffalo monitoring station
Weeks were passing into fall. The Fall of twenty sixty-two.