Funny, paranoid, original and disturbing, Northern Futures is a cornucopia of dystopian possibilities. ‘Are you available for work? Fancy a spot of home invasion?
Northern Futures is funny, paranoid, original and disturbing, Northern Futures is a cornucopia of dystopian possibilities. ‘Are you available for work? Fancy a spot of home invasion? What about a kidnapping or a high profile ransom? The price is negotiable. The target is specific. It has to be sentient … It has to be an AI.’ Welcome to Northern Futures, where a private investigator ponders the murder of a time travelling courier, a smart home is kidnapped and held to ransom, a nursing student falls in love with a university test clone and a gang of mercenaries attempts the perilous retrieval of a gas-powered engine from the ruins of a northern city. Silas Marvel Investigates – When the desperate widow of a recently murdered Clocker attends the offices of Silas Marvel Investigations to retain his services, Marvel accepts the case. However, what should be a relatively straightforward investigation is much more complicated than it first appears. Vegan State – In the future, being unhealthy is outlawed. Eating meat is a crime punishable by death. Underground dinner parties are on the increase, though for Annabelle Jones the consequences of attending could prove disastrous. (225-50) Agnes – A giant asteroid is on a collision course with the Earth. Armageddon is imminent. However, some people will go to any lengths to avoid the pending apocalypse. Skipper Jeremiah Dudd – Jeremiah Dudd is experiencing radical biological disturbances following a skipping operation gone awry, unaware that he is the unwitting test subject in a make or break experiment conducted by the ruthless and ambitious Dr. Ignatius Welsh. A Dish Best Served – When Obadiah Wickes’s residence comes under attack from an unidentified assailant, revenge for a past wrong seems the only rational explanation.