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This unique fiction from Martin Knox should be read by every Australian. Imagine what our country could be like. This may be speculative but what if it became our reality? The only way to ponder this is to read the book.

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The Grass is Always Browner is published by Zeus Publications.

ISBN: 978-1-921731-69-3
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Political Speculative Fiction


The Grass is Always Browner


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Martin Knox stretches forward the raw elements of Australian civilisation: territory, climate and resources, to 250 years in the future, relating them to its populous neighbour Bhakaria. The political situation is tense as the Messianic Aboriginal Prime Minister strives to renew a moribund political party from within. His ban on immigration is opposed by his lover in a tempestuous romance. His ban is also opposed by his political adversary, who gains government, outlaws his party and plans for free immigration. He leads a growing rebel following in an epic struggle to achieve a new lifestyle, with a dramatic climax.

The scene is set in Meannjin, an almost deserted and flooded city. Most of the population has dispersed to self-sufficient rural communes after a century of wars over coal and famine. They are governed by a tiny national government, headed by an Aboriginal dynasty. Abajoe has a rare genetic mutation for sharing and his vision is to unite the devolved and diversified nation by usurping politics and religion by science. He predicts Australia’s relationship with Bhakaria by experimenting with a genetically modified animal, the rossit.

He becomes Prime Minister at age 30. In a referendum, he adds a fourth pillar to the Constitution: devolved planning tribunals. They require developers to compensate losers and favour living in religious or spiritual communes. But he is opposed by a leader in favour of immigration from Bhakaria, which has a state religion: Yamism. Ecumenical in outlook, Abajoe’s struggle avoids a religious civil war. His rebellion reuses strategies of Mandela, Mao, Ghandi and others. He overcomes obstacles that become increasingly daunting until the tragic climax, when he has to choose between erasure of his vision and freeing from prison the woman he loves.


What is this new genre?

You well may ask, “”What is the genre of The Grass is Always Browner?” It can’t just be explained as speculative fiction and bookshops will not define it as exactly that. What shelf should it be placed on – science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mainstream?

The speculative fiction embraces science fiction because the premise has not happened but it could (speculatively of course). The Grass is Always Browner includes themes of space travel and other worlds, time travel, invasions or extraterrestrial visitors, catastrophe and future crisis (Utopian and dystopian prediction).

In comparison a fantasy is something imagined that could never happen (scientifically). Fantasy is a section of speculative fiction but obviously not what The Grass is Always Browner should be classified as. Though the novel explores themes that may scare some about our possible future it would not come under the horror or thriller genres.

So instead this speculative fiction is based on sound scientific theories and has hypotheses that can be tested. It explains past data and makes useful and sound predictions. The author’s research has included extrapolation or projection of population trends, predictions from the synthesis of many ideas including famines and religious schism. It’s a thoroughly well-researched and written novel that leaves readers thinking long after the last page has been read.

There has been much futuristic literature over the years including The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009), Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1991), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1978), Dune by Frank Herbert (1962), Island by Aldous Huxley (1962) and the list goes on including movies George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977), Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and James Cameron’s brilliant Avatar (2009).

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