The Republic of Joy
I have just released my first short-story anthology, The Republic
of Joy (Lulu Press, 2006).
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Welcome to the Free World. Welcome to the Republic of Joy!
The Republic of Joy, the title story, is set in the far future,
where a chilling dystopian society is threatening to destroy the
very thing that makes us human - our spirit. When Lower Lalu meets
Newbie Veritas_7, she suddenly begins to question her entire world
- why so many Citizens disappear, the real purpose of the Republican
Knights and, ultimately, the truth about her origins. When a meeting
with the Emperor looms, Lalu must choose between specious honour
and a deadly freedom.
The Silent Boy came second in the UK Authors 2004 short-story
competition. Of the sixteen short stories in this collection,
eight have never been published before. The stories are categoriesed
by genre, with Science Fiction, Romance and Drama all represented.
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