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.
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’.