"It’s Bladerunner meets 50 Shades of Grey” (Marc Hewitt)
“It’s science fiction, but not as we know it. The darkness of the story is offset by a biting humour: think Ben Elton does Isaac Asimov” (Goran Powell)
"It’s ‘not as bad as I thought it would be” (the author’s wife)
TO BE DONE ABOUT THE HUMANS
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"... a novel for our generation" (John Middleton, Bristol)
pay an obscene deposit on your flat/house and a ruinous mortgage forever thereafter; then you spend 15 very expensive years bringing up
"We are entering the era of the age wars. Older people risk being cast as villains in an 'age war' because Britain is unprepared for an increasingly elderly population," the former Care Minister said.
"So you pay £9,000/year to go to Uni; then you get a job (if) and spend the next 10 years paying back your student loan; then you
kids. Just as the kids leave home and you have a brief window your parents start going down the pan. You spend the next 20 years ruining your own health looking after them and spending your supposed inheritance on their healthcare; then they (eventually) die; then you (shortly afterwards) get dementia; soon after that you die too. Welcome to ‘life’ in 21st century Britain."
Juliette clicked on the email. It had a beautiful picture of a palm-fronded beach. Underneath it said: “Things don’t always – in fact they almost never turn out as we expect. But we have the power to turn things round. Do you accept this statement? If so, click ‘Accept’, and a new life can be yours.”
‘Spam,’ she said out loud. ‘Bloody Southern Californian New Age Babble. Fucking chuggers. What do they take me for, a fool? “Madeira”? Huh. Well this girl ain’t for the Madeira-ing.’
She slept the laptop, fixed her face-the-public face from a jar on the bathroom shelf and went shopping.