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Misery May – Sarah Crossen – Breathe

This would be good for Misery May – a follow up to the Misery March (Dystopian) blog of last year. Breathe is about a world without sufficient oxygen. So everyone lives in air rich pods and are taxed according to their air consumption.  For Auxiliaries (third class people) there is not enough air to allow … Continue reading

Mixed May – Julie Cross – Tempest

I have always enjoyed time travel and time slip novels but these have generally been more historical fiction than sci-fi or speculative. In this way, Tempest is different, it set in 2009 and is about 19 year old Jackson, who realises he can time jump a short way into the past. He doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

Speculative September – Michael Pryor – Ten Futures

This is a collection of 10 short stories, featuring the same two characters (Sam and Tara) in 10 future time zones/dystopias.  The first story ‘2100’ was very reminiscent of the Bicentennial Man movie and even Sci Fi classics like ‘The fun they had’ (Isaac Asimov) and ‘There will come soft rains’ (Ray Bradbury). Indeed, Pryor … Continue reading

Speculative September – Brian Falkner

As part of Action and Adventure August I read Brian Falkner’s Brainjack which because of its future and computers- take- over –the- world focus would also fit quite nicely into this month’s reading.  So I thought I would explore more of Falkner’s work for this month.  I had mixed success. The Tomorrow Code is widely … Continue reading

Speculative September James Roy – Ichabod Hart & the Lighthouse Mystery

This fits into the steampunk part of speculative fiction (mix of history and fantasy). It poses various what if scenarios: What if the French settled (invaded)Australia at the same time as the English? What if convicts could be made to work even harder? This is a mystery/fantasy that is mixed up with the steam era (hence steampunk) where a … Continue reading

Speculative September – Kevin Brooks – iBoy

Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it’s having an extraordinary effect . . . Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge … Continue reading

Action and Adventure August -Brian Falkner Brainjack

I chose to read this book as part of Action and Adventure August but it is a really good link to Speculative September.  NZ author Brian Falkner has written a thought provoking and action packed story about what might happen if we let computers/the internet link to our brains.  He also makes a comment on … Continue reading

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