The Grass is Always Browner is a fiction story by Martin Knox, author. Australia 250 years in the future is governed by an Indigenous dynasty, within a kinder and more scientific version of the current Westminster system of democracy. Youthful Abajoe is renowned for sharing his resources with others and eventually becomes Prime Minister. The story extrapolates trends from the early 21st century.
The protagonist Abajoe and Paula, his friend, experiment with cross-bred rossits, part rabbit and part possum, to discover the dynamics of human reproduction in adjacent territories where food and water supply are variable. The purpose is to identify, from experiments with the rossit model, human population limits in the distant future.
Australia is secular whereas populous Bhakaria is a sectarian state with their religion Yamenism. The neighbours compete for living space and share resources with immigration and trade.
The religious divide is a source of epic political conflict and civil war. Abajoe walks with his people on a long march of civil disobedience. He survives 15 years of imprisonment and torture, but returns to public life as an Elder, with his wife Siti as Prime Minister bringing peace.
The story balances possible realities of disasters and conflict. The novel extrapolates trends from the early 21st century. It is ecumenical, apolitical and concerned with practical problems. The solutions are relevant today on a continent beset by uncertainties.
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Australians respect and protect their politicians even when their ranks are divided by political differences. When the unthinkable happens and feisty independent politician Jane Kenwood disappears from a hung parliament’s cross bench before a crucial vote, the ability of the system to bring the perpetrators to justice challenges the partisan democracy. Will justice be done? Jane’s friend Dr Phillip Keane follows a feint trail with a new forensic philosophy, which employs a novel Euler Walk strategy. He is opposed by the political establishment and his findings shake it to its foundations.
‘Presumed Dead’ is a crime fiction thriller by Martin Knox, a page-turning non-partisan read which exposes the fragility of parliamentary democracy under the Westminster system.
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After the revolution that brought the pigs to power, the animals found they were no better off, in the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945). How can the animals overcome their state of subjection to tyranny? Martin Knox continues the story in a sequel: Animal Farm 2. Will the animals achieve freedom?
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In the fiction novel Presumed Dead by Martin Knox, Jane Kenwood is a feisty politician in a hung city council where her vote is needed to stop a casino being approved. She disappears before a crucial vote. When she is found, she is too badly affected by an assault to identify where she had been taken, what was done to her, nor characteristics of her assailants. Her friend Dr Phillip Keane leads a forensic team who gather evidence for every alternative they can imagine, by Euler’s theory, in a think tank. Phillip pieces together a logical reconstruction of the crime that reveals the perpetrators. The investigation is explorative, the evidence is surmise, the suspects are at large and cover their tracks until the dénouement.
This is an exciting whodunnit story of city hall politics and systematic forensic investigation that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.
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