Dreamtime: First Fantastic Collection of Completely Fractured Fiction

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"I love these stories. They are teeming with inventive ideas about a future where technology has increased our isolation, but we still strive for connection." - J Moira
 
About the collection:

Lovers of shows such as Black Mirror, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, will enjoy Mark Le Dain’s dark satirical collection of stories, Dreamtime.

Dreamtime is a collection of 20 tales set in the near future where a person’s life is monitored, influenced, and sometimes even crafted by the technology we both love and hate.

From stories of people condemned to live within their carbon footprint and clones that expand the empires of only the wealthy (duplicating both their good traits and bad), to stories of a future where a market exists for practically anything, including your life – Mark Le Dain’s disturbing “slices of life” have the potential to awaken the technophobe in all of us.
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About the author

 Mark Le Dain has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Queen’s University and completed an exchange at the Rouen School of Business in France. Mark currently works as Director, Strategy at an AI company and previously worked as an investment banker. He is a proud volunteer with Social Venture Partners.

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Publisher
EDGE-Lite
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Published on
Apr 15, 2019
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Pages
180
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ISBN
9781770531895
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Satire
Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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