Novel

SETTING

The Grass is Always Browner, is first to be published of a 6-book series tracing the thrilling political fortunes of the Yabra dynasty from 2100 -2270 focusing on management issues, terrorism, factory farming, genetic modification pandemics, disastrous droughts and regional issues. Some novel features in The Grass is Always Browner, are described in detail in these other novels.

NARRATIVE

The story follows the political and romantic life of Abajoe from young heir apparent to Prime Ministership, then into opposition, exile and martyrdom. There re 5 fictional stories, interwoven.

PLOT: A speculative Australian political thriller, epic in context.

  • SUBPLOT 1: A Tempestuous romance.
  • SUBPLOT 2: The life journey of a messianic leader to enlightenment,as an allegory of the leadership of Jesus, Mohammed,Mao,Ghandi,Parnell and Mandela.
  • SUBPLOT 3: A young village girl from the populous neighbouring country fails to become a religious leader and flees from an arranged marriage.
  • SUBPLOT 4: A speculative parady of Southeast Asian regional affairs affecting Australia.

What would life in the harsh Australian environment be like with:

A meditative and spiritual lifestyle

Science not politics

Boundaries on religion

Tiny national government

No state governments

Living in a diversity of communes

Immigration decided locally

Developments that make no-one worse off (other than business competitors)

Growth in civil society not materialism

Conflict of interest between government policy and the influence of a Prime Minister’s lover

New lovers balancing power between them

Avoiding a collision when partners have inertia

When people who contribute most earn most

Inexperienced people can compete for good jobs and get them

The leader makes the penultimate sacrifice for others’ freedom

A philosophy of ‘selfishness and altruism’.

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  1. Well, these are all very worthy sentiments…How do people avoid collisions when partners have inertia? Is this about compromise?? How can selfishness and altruism coexist?

    • This is basic physics applied to notional psychological quantities. When Abajoe and Siti get together, she has more inertia and is further from their centre of gravity. So their relationship is unbalanced. Because she won’t give up any of her activism, he achieves a balance by seeing less of her and increasing his own inertia further from their centre. Generally, a partner can avoid a clash by identifying the centre, which is their compromise, so that each of their moments is equal. The moment is a partner’s inertia times its distance from their centre. When both act through their centre, or compromise position, there will be no collision irrespective of any differences in inertia. The story in Chapter 36 illustrates these concepts.
      The novel extols ‘selfaltruism’ as a virtue necessary for a new civil society. After sustaining oneself selfishly, one should volunteer to help others altruistically. People do this already, sharing their surplus with family and friends. But in the novel local government depends on volunteers. This is not charity because volunteering benefits everyone including themselves.

  2. This sounds like a really intriguing book…the cover really sets up some fascinating scenarious that will allow some very some very interesting reading especially as the author has set it 250 years in the future.
    ….sounds like it would make a really great movie or TV series.

    • Thanks for your suggestion, Don. Sorry not to reply sooner – I am less than adept in this medium. I agree that my story could compete successfully for audiences either as a movie or TV series. The settings, compared with many futuristic stories, are simple yet intriguing. The rossit experiments could be done with rabbits or other laboratory animals. The empty apartment building, Family Fare Tower with its solar arrays, could be easy to simulate. A levee-lined river and flooded city centre could use shots from New Orleans. Various communal living alternatives and starvation in the interior could use existing locations. The political dramas would take place during studio broadcasts. A monitor room somewhere would be needed to show the virtual parliament. The insurrection, Long March, evacuation from the beaches and Ghandi-like Water Recycling March, could use a large cast. Courtroom scenes have opportunities for high drama with flashbacks to Nelson Mandela’s trial.
      In summary, the story is an epic thriller ideally suited to cinema or television presentation. Audiences would be most intrigued by the Abajoe, Citra (imaginary) and Siti characters, as well as by the attractions of the new lifestyles and living conditions. I would be pleased to discuss any ideas you may have.

  3. With a changing focus on science not politics, I should think people would have less say in governmental decision, not more. I don’t see how scientist could properly be held accountable.

  4. Scientific work could be policed by peers and professional associations. Boss scientists could be political appointments.

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