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In the future, CCTV surveillance and reality TV celebrity desperation collide to create a world where the lines between public and private, reality and fiction are utterly confused.
Titus Spring, a puritanical dissenter from the media-ocracy, finds himself starring on the game show justice system of the future when he is framed for the murder of the King of England, Hugh Grant the Fourth. In a world where the camera never lies the only person who believes him is his barrister, fading popstar tribute act Robbie Williams the Third. Together they must prove his innocence or Titus Spring will face the biggest mega-super-bonus-prize in broadcast history – an all-star celebrity execution.
Panoptica up-ends every dystopian cliché you've ever heard. It's a technicolour cartoon version of Brave New World. It's 1984 with knob gags.
If you love sci fi satire in the best tradition of Pohl & Kornbluth, Douglas Adams and 2000AD, then Panoptica is the satirical novel of celebrity, surveillance and media manipulation you've been waiting for!
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"The relentless pace, the madness, the often chaotic leap from exaggerated voyeuristic concept to the people’s endless appetite for ‘the show’ is perfect to illustrate such a dystopian London Hudson is rattling at us from the page. Given today’s appetite for Big Brother, X-Factor and their like, it’s not too far a leap to make. ... a terrifically fun and entertaining read." - Future Fire Reviews
"This is a wonderful spoof on our new technically over engineered new age society. ... I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions." five stars, Michelle Stone on amazon.com
"This is an excellent first novel! The pace is insane - like a clown on a downhill slope riding on an out-of-control train greased with lightning, satire, and sharp British wit." four stars, Jefferey Hewitt, amazon.com
"This book's style is Swift meets Dick with a dash of Vonnegut. A great first novel with satire thats cuts like a katana!" four stars, Mike Davey, amazon.co.uk.
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I've written a bit of short fiction over the years, and some of it has been published. My first sales were to the New Zealand children's radio programme EARS, and I believe they are still broadcast from time to time! My complete bibliography is listed below, and I hope to add to it as time goes by.
“Will I Go To Earth, Mother?” - Radio New Zealand EARS programme, 1992.
“All the Time In the World” - Radio New Zealand EARS programme, 1993.
“GOD” Takahe, 1994
“Vanessa Imagines” Takahe, 1995
“The Prodigy” Antipodean Tales, IPL Publishing, 1995
“The Persistence of Memory” Albedo One, #31, 2005
"The Society of Bearded Men", The Willows #3, 2007.
"Looking Out For Number One" Abyss & Apex, #24, 2007
“Prudential Crime & Punishment Presents... Dick Dale in Insured For Murder”, Premonitions: Causes For Alarm, Pigasus Press, 2008
"Original Mike's Coffee Shop", GM Fictions, Genomics Forum 2009
I published my short novel State of Change in ten weekly episodes over on its own blog. You can download the whole thing as a pdf from here.
In addition, I was co-editor, with Warwick Bennet, of the anthology of New Zealand SF, Rutherford's Dreams: An Anthology of New Zealand Science Fiction, published by IPL Publishing (NZ) in 1995.