So Prince Philip, upon whom I based the character of the “Lord High Admiral” in my new novel Genuflect, is about to kick the bucket. He’s been admitted to the hospital with an infection, and the networks are warming up their obit reels. Soon he’ll find out if he gets to come back in his next life as a deadly virus that will wipe out humanity, like he famously said he wanted to, in his foreword to If I Were an Animal (1987) by Fleur Cowles, where he wrote:
I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist… I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.
Then again, maybe this is really bad news, because he just might actually do that. I wouldn’t doubt if there’s a secret alchemy project afoot to channel his soul into virus cells.
I’ve got to admit, I’m going to miss this guy.
As you read the middle chapters of Genuflect which feature the character of the “Lord High Admiral,” keep this image in mind ;