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Ten possible futures. Two lives. One enduring friendship.

Ten possible futures. Two lives. One enduring friendship.

Sam and Tara. Best friends in a future when artificial intelligence organises our lives, and micropets are the latest craze. Best friends when rationing means cold showers and no internet. Best friends when genetic matching makes asking a girl on a date a minefield of epic proportions.

But will they still be best friends in a future when plague wipes out most of humanity? Or a future when the Inquisitor asks Sam to choose one betrayal over another?

Michael Pryor, one of Australia's best authors of speculative fiction, imagines what our next 100 years might be like. Utopia or dystopia? Miracle or catastrophe? Whatever might happen, it's just around the corner. Which future will be yours?


Sam and Tara, two teenagers who live in these possible futures, are faced with choices to make for the sake of their own survival and the continued existence of the ‘new’ world around them. Their choices might not be the same as the reader’s – but isn’t that the point? . . . There’s a clear intent by the author to inspire the reader to look more carefully at the world around them, and also to explore and sometimes question decisions made by those in power. A real bonus is the more than twenty pages of notes by the author, clearly showing the wide range of research done to bring these fundamental issues within the reach of the readers. Everything from the classics in the genre (John Wyndham’s Death of Grass, Orwell’s 1984 and William Gibson’s Neuromancer) to interactive websites on global warming and the Turing Test can be found. The suggested internet links alone make this book a rich resource in the classroom.


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