Gene the Hackman is an artificially created dog/human hybrid made in the future to fight huge insect monsters known only as 'Them' while the humans, or 'Masters', hibernate in the Antarctic. He is a highly proficient fighter with muscles on top of his muscles and a skull he could probably crack rocks with, and his life mostly revolves around 'scrapping', although he occasionally finds time for the love of a good woman/bitch. Gene speaks a curious canine pidgin that takes a bit of getting used to but sometimes achieves a sort of poetry of its own. Decades after his death his exploits are recounted in hushed tones by future generations of dog/humans or 'aux'. ('Aux' is a homophone of 'orcs', suggesting that Gene's series, Kingdom, can be seen as an attempt to tell an SFF story from the poor bloody infantry's point of view.)
Gene's world-view was altered when he discovered a place in Auxtralia called Aux Drift, where humans and dog-people fought side by side. He was told that the 'Masters' were the élite of humanity, who ran away from the war to sleep in hiber-berths while the poor and unprivileged were left to fight.
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Any similiarity between Gene the Hackman's name and that of an award-winning American actor is entirely non-coincidental.