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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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AUSTRALIAN REPUBLIC POSSIBLE?

In the past, partisan conflict in Australian has been quelled by constitutional intercession of the nation’s monarch resident in the UK, Queen Elizabeth. In my futuristic novel The Grass is Always Browner, it is speculated that secular government of Australia in the year 2250 would have come under the democratic control of members of an Indigenous Dynasty, who are traditional custodians of the land. Vicki and Abajoe’s epic love story is action-packed with scenes that extrapolate recent social, religious, economic and technological themes. Issues of regional security, drought, population growth, immigration, food supply, climate change and political rivalry are explored. This is speculative fiction that will get you thinking about what could lie ahead for this land as it considers an alternative head of government.

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TRUMP LESS RESTRAINED THAN WHITLAM

In the wake of an insurrection in the US on January 6th, 2021, it will be interesting to see how long before Australia’s republicans again want to do away with the Queen’s Governor General, as if the role is expendable.

My book: The Grass is Always Browner, on Amazon, is a political thriller of speculative fiction that considers Australia’s political future with leadership by a dynasty of Aborigines. https://martinknox.com 

Does city population growth reduce lifestyle?

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Consider rocky islands where sea-birds live, such as gannets on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, or Frigate birds in the Galapagos. The lifestyles of the birds in their colonies deteriorate as the populations grow, until there is migration to found new colonies, or until hunger or disease reduces the population, or until breeding is prevented by enforced infertility, from crowding, or from rivalry, or from predation.

Successful breeding requires a sufficient food supply, viable spaces for construction of nests where the eggs can be kept secure, incubation of the eggs, nurture and protection of the young from predators, including incursions and predation by the same species. Crowded conditions may result in failure to mate, fewer or smaller eggs and reduced rearing of chicks to healthy adulthood.

Are there other alternatives than city population growth?

The political crime fiction novel Presumed Dead exposes the corrupted political dynamic of lifestyle regression in cities: https://wp.me/P1z4yo-n

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