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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 

PERFORMING BETTER IN OWNED TIME

Living in my time, not wearing a watch and doing things when I feel like it, seems to run against the self-control and personal interdependence that Norbert Elias, 1897-1990, called the civilizing process. He identified a dramatic reduction in homicides in England. The trend became the theme of Pinker’s tome ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature.’ He explained that youth rebellion worldwide is a counterculture against social time, when timeliness has become a personal battle, from A Clockwork Orange to the hippy movement. 

In 2022 we have achieved historically low homicide rates worldwide, without the stress of obeying ‘Slessor’s little fidget wheels’ which would impose clock time. We can choose to have our cake of time freedom and eat it too, by allowing ourselves to flow timelessly, by optimal achievement, according to Mihaly’s theory of that psychological condition.

My novels ‘Time is Gold’ and ‘Turkeys Not Bees’ tell stories about high achievers who have let flow take over their time. Reviews: martinknox.com

Information didn’t reach anyone

Today my post on the WordPress platform has not brought any hits on my website nor interest in my novel Presumed Dead, a political crime fiction thriller. The book is set in a hung parliament. The title of my post was Must Parliament be Hung? It was inoffensive, apolitical and informative. I have received no complaint about the content of my post. I am disappointed that my information didn’t reach anyone..

I assume reach to my 130 followers was suppressed by a WordPress algorithm sensitive to political issues. I am alarmed that my post offering analysis and alternatives for Australia’s democracy has been taken out at a time when discussion is wanted. In the opinion of most people, a healthy democracy allows its political processes to be discussed respectfully. 

Guy Debord, a French philosopher, wrote in The Society of the Spectacle (1967) that the people are exploited by the leaders for profit, with images created by the media and others. The spectacle is totalitarian. This theory would explain the suppression of my post, because discussion of a hung parliament could increase or decrease profits and leader interests. 

If the algorithms would stop my post earlier today reaching anyone, then the spectacle could stop this one, because it exposes the monetisation intent of WordPress in allowing reach. Our future could be bleak.

martinknox.com

MUST PARLIAMENT BE HUNG?

If the Australian Parliament is hung, it could be an artificial impasse created by representatives who are prevented by self-serving parties from separating and compromising on issues because they want to force a change of government. Could the incumbent government better organise the parliament’s business to operate a minority government and avoid deadlock? 

Presumed Dead is a crime fiction story with a hung parliament, resolved by an independent woman politician who opposes and ends partisan politics.

Reviews: martinknox.com

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