The Kyoto Bell
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It’s 2141, the weather is savage, energy politics is brutal, and millions of climate refugees from Asia eke out an existence in a greening Australian desert.
Todd, the teenage son of powerful Indigenous energy mogul, Dr Madrigal Phipps, is kidnapped. A furious Dr Phipps gathers her old team from AuZgov Security Services and a renegade hacker, Andaman Marko, to hunt for Todd and his missing neo-Blues band, but both the climate chaos and her shadowy foes are treacherous.
The young people are held captive in a reclusive community in a central Australian gorge, run by a cult of privacy and silence, called the Qwietude. As adolescent tensions of sex and affection escalate, Todd and his friends plan their own escape. They scramble across the ravaged central desert to beat the arrival of the supercharged monsoon, and Todd calls up skills taught by his Indigenous Elders to survive.
Then, out of the blue, Madrigal’s 120-year-old father-in-exile calls with an extraordinary request from Kyoto, the only place on the planet where cherry trees still blossom.
Could Todd’s disappearance and the Old Man’s request be linked? And will the extreme weather prevent Madrigal from rescuing her son?
The Capricorn Sky
A century into the future: the weather is lethal, sea levels have risen, and AuZtralia is a lot more complicated.
Andaman Marko lives in the Jointly Administered Territory of Capricornia – a new homeland for millions of climate refugees from Asia. Marko is a playboy by day, fraudster by night: making millions of $New by illegally decoding corporate and diplomatic komms to deal inside trades on the markets. And unknown enemies start to circle.
Then, in a society where prolonged peace is enforced through mass surveillance, eugenics and social engineering, a bomb goes off and Marko and his mysterious girlfriend, Flick, flee north to the climate ravaged badlands of Cape York.
Marko leads both would be assassins and his guardian angel, Dr Madrigal Phipps, in a wild pursuit through a world where the peace is cracking apart.
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