Item description for Oliphan Oracus by Neil Robinson...
Everyone is curious about the future. It would be a nice place to visit - but would you want to live there? In 2257 Keef is a television: a dishevelled, shamanic figure roaming a vast autumnal forest where big cats hunt, squirrels and monkeys teem in the canopy, and boar root in centuries of leaf litter. In 1995 Kate Wallis is a junior research assistant at a leading pharmaceutical company's laboratory complex, and she has no idea that she will soon find herself living the plot of a science fiction soap opera. She is accidentally exposed to an experimental longevity virus that causes a 262-year coma. Kate wakes in Keef's world and they begin a love affair that has profound repercussions for his community. .Be warned: the resourceful heroes of science fiction stories are mythological figures, and technology might as well be magic.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Sep 21, 2007
Publisher Immanion Press
ISBN 1904853471 ISBN13 9781904853473
Availability 0 units.
More About Neil Robinson
Robinson is Lecturer in Russian Politics at the University of Essex.
Reviews - What do customers think about Oliphan Oracus?
Something new! Nov 2, 2004
This book is very original, the style is fascinating, and the undercurrents of critics at our own society well presented.The Author's wry humour combines wellwith a narrative style that is nothing less than exquisite. Here's an Author to follow!
A very funny future Oct 5, 2004
This is a fab novel which although in its description might sound awfully doom and gloom or cliched (20th century girl wakes up in far future), is actually a thought-provoking piece of science fiction which also happens to be quite entertaining and funny.
Robinson does a brilliant job of showing how an average product of our contemporary society, a woman named Kate, copes with being rather accidentally plopped into a future about three centuries from now that isn't quite the future we all expect it to be. Kate starts out reacting to the situation just about how most people would but once she gets involved with Keef, the "television" among the group of future humans she joins up with, she slows has to adjust to a new reality -- and a new assessment of what our modern society is really about. Sometimes you have to get far, far away from something to really see it.
However, as I mentioned in the outset of this review, this story isn't just a thoughtful social analysis, but a very funny book. Robinson's dry humor and gentle gibes at everything from modern hygiene fetishes to sexual relations display a truly rare wit that meshes perfectly with the story. The character of Keef is particularly amusing, as he tries to understand Kate and speculates on what life was really like in the "zoomer days," as he calls our modern society. Robinson also weaves in some future jargon in the form of a dialect spoken in the future, doing it in a way that doesn't detract from the story but truly gets the reader in the spirit of things; one finds oneself actually *using* these words and phrases, they get to become so familiar.
This is Robinson's first novel but doesn't read like it. I hope to see something more from him in future, including perhaps a sequel to Oliphan Oracus, which in my opinion begs for one.