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SIX SPECTACULAR NOVELS

Guy Debord (1931-1994) was a French philosopher. He observed modern society in which authentic social life had been replaced with its representation, or ‘spectacle’.

In each of my 5 books, there is a different spectacle appearing at the centre of attention.

  1. In my new book Turkeys not Bees, coming shortly, Megan and Chance are caught up in regulation of athletics and a pandemic. They want individual freedom and resist nanny-state controls.

2. In the satire Animal Farm 2, the focus is on a proletariat of farm livestock, representing ordinary people. The spectacle is of slavery, exploitation and totalitarianism.’

3. ‘Time is Gold’ is a fiction story about a marathon runner whose will is commodified by her training team.

4. ‘Presumed Dead’ has a government and parliament conducted as a spectacle with the appearance of democracy. When a politician disappears, search and investigation adopt innovative forensic methods which reveal corruption.

5. ‘Short of Love’ has Vicki and Tom in a commodified love relationship. He assigns her to a friend, in a short due for delivery later, to repay his gambling debt. It is a satire and when she delivers to his friend early, the arrangement fails.

6. The Grass is Always Browner is a spectacle of Australia 250 years in the future, apparently unified by population growth and an indigenous prime minister, but deeply divided by religion and politics.

Each book has social and economic conditions derived from a ’spectacle’ rather than from reality. Debord’s aim and proposal is ‘to wake up the spectator’ who has been drugged by spectacular images…through radical action in the form of the construction of situations…situations that bring a revolutionary reordering of life, politics, and art’. My stories entertain with exciting situations and new images.

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GOING WITH THE FLOW

It means taking what life gives you. A movie and a novel about endurance both have heroes who take as much as they can get.

In the movie Cast Away (2000) Chuck (Tom Hanks) frenetically controls workers’ goals for punctual delivery of parcels for his employer’s worldwide business. When a plane he is on goes down in the Pacific Ocean, he is cast away alone and starving on a small island without control of anything, except his striving to stay alive. 

His only hope is to build an escape raft. Without materials or tools, he slogs for 4 years. His raft is seen and he is rescued, by which time his wife has remarried and has a child. She still loves him, but the situation is not finally resolved at the end, as he waits for things to turn up, as he did on the island, contrasting with his former work-to-schedule life.

It is a very good movie.

Time is Gold by Martin Knox, has an elite marathon runner, Maxi, who learns to live in her own time, like Chuck did. She runs ‘in flow’ and contests the world record. The story has psychology, philosophy , neuroscience and physics and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The movie and novel both have lessons on everyday endurance that wins.

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TIME IS GOLD

In Winter runners analyse their personal bests and reset their goals for the next season. In the novel Time is Gold author Martin Knox shows how a runner’s performance time depends on the neuroscience of her mental engagement, by analogy with Einstein’s Special Relativity, a tested theory. This new theory explains some extraordinary performances in athletics and behaviours of wild animals which have evolved in their own time, without constraint by clocks. Everyone can learn that their time is their own from this story about Maxi exploring theories of endurance, in love with physicist Jack and competing for Olympic Gold.

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STORIES BEYOND SHADOWS AND LIES

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed by the masses. Plato.

Novel ideas in fiction stories for thinkers.

Animal Farm 2: totalitarianism, climate change, animal liberation.

Time is Gold: Einstein’s time dilation.

Short of Love: Love as an economic commodity experiment.

Presumed Dead: Crime reconstruction by Euler Walk.

The Grass is Always Browner: Malthus’ population control by disease, famine and war.

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