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FIVE NOVEL IDEAS

AN AUSTRALIAN FUTURE

The Grass Is Always Browner (2011) is a speculative fiction political thriller by Martin Knox.

Australia is the driest continent, with a population of 25 million. A thought experiment with a biological model predicts population 250 years in the future. The scenario has a secular Aboriginal prime minister, Abajoe, trying to stop sectarian conflict, civil insurrection and conflict with neighbours. He is in love with Siti, an Indonesian. Industry and the economy have collapsed following famine and a previously urban population has dispersed from coastal cities, to live on acreages for self-sufficiency. Cities are deserted and flooded by rising sea levels. The novel extrapolates credible future living conditions with sound science and innovation. This epic tale explores in detail a forecast of an arguably dystopian Australian future.  

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FIVE NOVELS BY MARTIN KNOX

ANIMAL FARM 2

George Orwell’s 1945 political satire with animals taking over a farm is continued as a sequel from after the Revolution, through the Cold War, up to modern times. They are ruled by pig totalitarianism, seek liberation and discover that climate science has a new paradigm. 

TIME IS GOLD

Maxi is a champion distance runner when she meets Jack who is doing a PhD in physics and has a new theory of time dilation she can test. He coaches her to break the world marathon record.

SHORT OF LOVE

Tom is an ambitious university student when he falls for Vicki. She tricks him and he delays their relationship, putting her on hold, as a commodity short. It backfires and the two try to get back together but their careers are obstacles.

PRESUMED DEAD

A crime fiction thriller is set in fictional Alexandra, ruled by partisan self-interest and a hung parliament. When Councillor Jane, the only independent, disappears, her partner and colleague, who is a forensic scientist, investigates. Dr Phillip Keane leads a think tank to consider the possibilities with meticulous logic.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

An Australian saga set 250 years in the future when environmental, economic, societal and political conditions are radically altered. The story follows a dynasty of Aborigines who lead the nation in dealing with religious and regional challenges. 

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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

This speculative fiction novel begins 250 years in the future when Australia is governed by the Yabras, an indigenous dynasty. Abajoe, 21, lives with family members in an empty apartment building in deserted Meanjin, the state capital city evacuated after famine and flooded by risen sea level. He grows food hydroponically and experiments with hybrid meat animals, half rabbit and half possum, to discover population limits by dynamic modelling under harsh Australian conditions, with grass always browned by drought. His findings influence immigration policy and relations with Bhakaria, a crowded neighbouring nation with territorial ambitions. The epic story follows his life and loves as Prime Minister in a culturally divided nation, surviving by insurrection and forging a new future for all the people from experience of sectarian conflict in history.

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