The Company sequence of novels and short fiction takes place in a Science Fictionuniverse created by Kage Baker. They involve Time Traveling agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.Dr. Zeus Inc., known to its employees simply as The Company, operates out of the 24th century, using time travel and specially engineered immortal cyborg operatives to collect and preserve artifacts from the past, ranging from pottery shards from Neanderthal times to entire species of plants and animals rendered extinct in the past. Since living things cannot (in theory) be safely sent forward in time, these items are kept safe in various underground bunkers to be "discovered" in the 24th century.Novels in the main series
In The Garden of Iden (1997)
Sky Coyote (1999)
Mendoza in Hollywood (2000) (British title: And the Edge of the West)
The Graveyard Game (2001)
The Life of the World to Come (2004)
The Children of the Company (2005)
The Machine's Child (2006)
The Sons of Heaven (2007)
Collections, novellas published as chapbooks and novels outside of the main sequence
Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers (collection, 2002)
"The Angel in the Darkness" (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
Mother Ægypt and Other Stories (collection, 2004) (title story features the Company)
The Empress of Mars (expansion of the novella of the same name, 2010)
"Nell Gwynne's at Land and at Sea" (novella left unfinished at Kage Baker's death and completed by her sister Kathleen Bartholomew, 2012)
In the Company of Thieves (collection, 2013)
The Company Novels contain examples of:
And I Must Scream: Since Immortals can't die, this is used to get rid of them instead.
Awesome, but Impractical: The Immortality Process only works if the subject starts at a very young age, which is why it's only used on Company employees. A less effective (but more widely applicable) variation is marketed as geriatric medicine.
Bad Future: 2355. (Or at least an enigmatic, and thus worrisome, point in time.)
Compelling Voice: Edward Alec and Nicholas too, since they're clones finds out that he has this ability in Not Less Than Gods, and how he woos women has something to do with this. He can even talk his boss into finding maraschino booze (which he hates) really tasty.
Contemporary Caveman: The Company made several neanderthals into immortals, and they serve admin roles (but because of their appearance, don't really go into the open much). Joseph, one of the main protagonists, is also a former caveman- in fact, his father was the artist who did some now famous cave art in Basque Country and got killed for it, and Joseph would have as well, had he not been rescued by the Company.
Cool Boat: A futuristic time-traveling one designed by a pirate enthusiast!
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Any Company employee with a rank higher than Facilitator. And some of the Facilitators are pretty sleazy, too.
Courier: the guy is literally named this. He's brain-damaged and goes berserk if he spends the night in the same place twice, hence his job.
Depraved Bisexual: Labienus, the series' Big Bad, falls in love with a man at the beginning of Children of the Company, and later sleeps with one of his female co-conspirators.
Evil Jesuit: Played around with in the case of Joseph. He spent a significant period as a Jesuit (and rescued Mendoza from the Inquisition in this role), and has the perfect personality for it, being a sly covert operative. However, he feels bad about having to do evil things while in this role (i.e. allowing many others to be sent to their deaths) and likes the occasions when he can play a heroic role.
Fatal Attractor: Mendoza, only in her case they're all the same guy with different upbringings.
Idiot Savant: Most, if not all, of the people who designed the Company's technology. The homo umbratilis take this to extremes: the main class can produce technological marvels when commanded, but is totally incapable of original thought.
The Illuminati: Dr. Zeus, Inc. is described thusly in "The Hounds of Zeus":
"[A] secret fraternity made up of scientists and businessmen, the secret fraternity for which all other so-called secret fraternities are merely decoys. Its members rule the world. They have unlimited power."
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Alec inadvertently gets so many people killed at one point that he tries to kill himself when he sees the result. Also, Dr. Zeus the AI relies on the threat of this to preserve himself after his period of omniscience comes to an end. It doesn't work.
Oedipus Complex: happens to Nicholas and Alec for good reason, when your girlfriend becomes your mother, and your romantic rival is the one responsible for that particular wacky happening. And the guys remember from the getgo what Mendoza was to them before they got reborn.
Redemption Equals Death: After Victor kills Labienus and his cronies with their own bio-engineered plague, he choses to die rather than live with the knowledge of the morally dubious things he's done. Considering he's immortal, that takes some effort on his part.
What Measure Is a Non-Super?: The majority of Immortals can be divided between those who view Muggles as slaves to be ruled and those who view them as vermin to be wiped out. Those who actually like ordinary humans are few and far between.