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Considering the author's track record and fame as an actor (Kryten in the classic Red Dwarf series) his imaginative SF trilogy, concluding with this volume, following News from Gardenia and News from the Squares, has been criminally overlooked, possibly as a result of the unconventional way it has been published through social media fundraising. Aviator Gavin Meckler's accidental journeys through alternate versions of utopia, the initial one inspired by the speculations of William Morris, and then reaching through a world run by women, are clever variations on Swift and Wells and British speculative tradition. Meckler's final flight as he attempts to return to our time and his sees him encounter a world in the clouds that has survived the devastation of the planet. Both adventurous and philosophical, these are intelligent entertainments with the power to make you think and display a strong streak of irony. Worth so much more than a detour. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

News from the Clouds by Robert Llewellyn

News from the Clouds, the third and final book in Llewellyn's News trilogy, sees nerdy time-traveller Gavin Meckler experience a far more challenging environment than he has ever experienced before. Gavin is faced with a planet that is ravaged by storms, seared by winds and scorched by an unforgiving sun. While the driving force behind the News Trilogy has always been to try and imagine a world where things are better than the present day, it is becoming every more apparent that our current activities are going to bring about long-term changes for our descendants. This is a world where the human race has two options: to live and work in enormous protected culverts that are reinforced to withstand the ravages of the weather, or float above the torment in delicate, lighter-than-air structures moving with the wind. The technology of the Cloud people is far more advanced than in either of the other two stories and it becomes clear to Gavin that not only do they understand how he ended up slipping through time, but they also understand how to help him get back home. Will he finally be able to return to Kingham in 2011? Will the world he left still be there? Will he be able to maintain his marriage to Beth, and continue his work as a mining engineer? All these questions and many more will be explored as Gavin finally learns his fate.

About the Author

Robert Llewellyn

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, novelist, screenwriter, comedian and TV presenter. He drives an electric car and writes under a rack of solar panels in Gloucestershire.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Robert Llewellyn

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Publisher

Unbound an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
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Science fiction

ISBN

9781783520572

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