Arriving in a teeming megacity, Gavin discovers a highly technologically developed society in a vast urban landscape constructed around a seemingly endless series of squares dense with lush vegetation and trees.
Much of what Gavin sees is recognisable. But there is one important difference. Here, women make up the majority of the global population and run the majority of institutions, including the vast and mysterious Institute of Mental Health where Gavin is required to live...
Robert Llewellyn is a novelist, actor, screenwriter, comedian and TV presenter. He wrote his first novel at the age of twelve and published his first grown-up work of fiction, The Man on Platform 5, only thirty years later. He has written stories, books, plays, sketches, and stand-up comedy routines.
He has appeared on British television regularly since 1987, including as Kryten in Red Dwarf, a presenter on Scrapheap Challenge and How Do They Do It?, and on the popular video podcasts Carpool and Fully Charged.
He lives in Gloucestershire, where he drives an electric car and writes under a rack of solar panels.
Inspired by William Morris's utopian novel News from Nowhere, Robert Llewellyn shows us a future where we don't burn anything to make anything else and which isn't hovering on the brink of disaster; where aliens haven't invaded, meteors haven’t hit and zombies haven’t taken over. In short, a world where humanity eventually gets it right.
All the technology described in the novel has seen the light of day in reality. Llewellyn's future isn't perfect and may not be very likely, but it is entirely possible.
Gazing at his own reflection and seeing the face of a mechanoid robot staring back was surprisingly scary, not to mention uncomfortable and rather sweaty. And he couldn't even eat his lunch.
Since then, he has sweated, frozen, been set on fire, exploded, spent thousands of hours in the make-up chair and thousands more being taunted by Craig Charles for being a middle-class b*****d. So it is a testament to the joyful camaraderie and life-enhancing silliness of the world of Red Dwarf that twenty-three years later, Robert is still willing to risk life, limb and hairline to don the rubber torture helmet for Red Dwarf X, the recent triumphant return of the motley band of space bums.
Originally published in 1993 after series six, The Man in the Rubber Mask has now been completely updated with 43.7% extra smeg.
Three people stand between the terrorists and a vulnerable metropolis: C. Ronald Cannon, a professor whose wife and children were murdered by ISIS; Laura Fatopoulos, a Muslim and FBI special agent who has dedicated her career to eradicating extremist factions; and boy-genius Juan Miguel, an illegal immigrant whose understanding of the electric grid exceeds that of most law enforcement professionals. Together, they travel to Austria and back—in only thirteen hours—to stop the terrorists from plunging the Valley of the Sun into chaos and anarchy.
Learn what the terrorists already know and your role to help alleviate this real-life threat by reading The Red Saguaro: A Novel of National Import.