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NOVEL FICTION HAVING PURPOSES

from author Martin Knox.

1. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER (2011)

speculates on Australian society in 250 years in the future, in terms of population, sovereign territory, trade with Indonesia, religion, climate, resources, science, government and urban reconstruction. Abajoe is the indigenous prime minister, with a gene for sharing.

2. PRESUMED DEAD (2018)

has novel crime reconstruction analysis and a think tank, applied to corruption in an Australian political, government and corporate setting, with solutions proposed for the problems of partisan politics and hegemony in urban development. Protagonist Jane is a feisty political independent.

3.SHORT OF LOVE (2019)

is a humorous novel satirizing a love relationship in which love is a commodity traded with an expectation of gain. The story explores the relationship of Tom and Vicki, what they want from each other and how they go about getting it. Tom is a corporate CEO and Vicki a psychologist.

4. TIME IS GOLD (2020)

presents a story of novel achievement by ambition, training and love, in elite marathon running and physics. A couple join forces and make a winning breakthrough in psychology and neuroscience. Maxi wants to break the world record in the pole vault.

5. ANIMAL FARM 2 ( 2021)

is an update of Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945), on a tropical island controlled by Russia. Totalitarianism continues during the Cold War and into modern times, with a new paradigm of climate change and superpower geopolitics. The animals learn English and science and oppose rule by the pigs with animal liberation. Dimitri faces another rebellion of the farm animals.

6. TURKEYS NOT BEES (2022)

is speculative fiction satirizing opposition by governments in Australia, to the individualism of Megan, an elite Athlete and her boyfriend Chance, an elite philosopher. Their conflict with the nanny state, sports and Covid industries, reveals the precarious state of individual freedom. Through non-violent disobedience, they depose collectivism and replace it with an individual-friendly regime. 

Available from Amazon. Reviews and excerpts see martinknox.com 

STUDENT LEARNING SELF-GUIDED

The pole vault symbolises a skilled task requiring experience, as encountered in their daily work by performers, employees, athletes, students and artists. Coaching can bring Improvement. Self-coaching is a revolution that replaces trusting in others’ advice, with empirical analysis. 

Megan is a pole vaulter directed by her lived experience, with feedback from her performances, following Heidegger’s method of phenomenological analysis. Educators know that there can be a wide gulf between the mind of a coach or tutor and his or her student. The student’s observation, intuition and self-analysis is most important.

Turkeys Not Bees is a story about a performer who relies on self-coaching and excels. Her input is complemented by her boyfriend Chance’s biomechanical digital modelling, creating a type of virtual reality for her to explore. Her solitary achievement is a microcosm of turkey-like human endurance, contrasting with bee-like colonisation by territorial aggression.

The book has philosophy, science, psychology, Debord’s spectacle and a romance, in an exciting story, including non-violent disobedience, protesting of overreach by a nanny state and Covid restrictions.

Book available on Amazon. Reviews see martinknox.com

 

SIX NOVELS TO DINE OUT ON

TURKEY NOT BEES (2022) is the story of Megan who self-coaches, with the help of her boyfriend Chance, using Heidegger’s phenomenalism. Will they be able to passively resist De Bord’s spectacle, appearing as a takeover by the nanny state of health, sport, employment and individual performances?

ANIMAL FARM 2 (2021) is a satirical fiction sequel to George Orwell’s totalitarian expose’ of fascist totalitarianism. The story updates the pigs’ control of the farm animals, from the Cold War, during perestroika and in superpower climate manoeuvring. Will the pigs retain control?

TIME IS GOLD (2020) is the story of how Maxi will run in the 2032 Olympic marathon coached by her boyfriend Jack, a physics researcher who trains her to dilate time using Einstein’s Special relativity theory, in a psychological condition called flow. Will they succeed?

SHORT OF LOVE (2019) is a satirical fiction story of how when Vicki plays hard to get, Tom commodifies their love and arranges to delay closure with her until later when he will have more time for her. Will their unconventional relationship succeed?

PRESUMED DEAD (2018) is a crime fiction story in which Jane, a woman councillor, disappears from a hung parliament in which she is a lone independent with a decisive vote. Her councillor boyfriend Phillip conducts an unconventional forensic reconstruction, by a think tank which explores the roots of corruption. Will they find her and will she be alive?

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER (2011) is speculative fiction about Australian society 250 years in the future, when the nation is a republic and indigenous Abajoe is Prime Minister. The population of Meannjin (Brisbane) has dispersed following famine, flooding and a religious civil war. Abajoe strives for national stability and trade with neighbouring Bhakaria. Will traditional Australian culture survive?

Available on Amazon. Reviews: martinknox.com

CAN TWO INDIVIDUALS UNIFY?

When an individualistic man and an individualistic woman combine talents as postgraduates, they are very successful until nanny state ‘levellers’ force them into competition with ordinary folk. They become reality entertainers, earning media profits and gaining obedience for government pandemic restrictions. Will they and the elite be able to resist, with non-violent civil disobedience?  Turkeys Not Bees is an action-packed story, in which Megan and Chance discover each other and philosophies that shape their lives together.

Book available on Amazon. Reviews are on blog: martinknox.com

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